This week, it was announced that flag football would be added to the 2028 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, California. On top of this exciting announcement, it was also revealed that NFL players are eligible to compete.
Miami Dolphins wide receiver Tyreek Hill has already voiced his opinion in wanting to compete. With that being said, are there any current or former Patriots players who could find their way to Los Angeles to compete in the first-ever flag football event?
This first player has the best shot out of any current Patriots player to find his way to Los Angeles. That would be cornerback Christian Gonzalez.
Sadly, Gonzalez's rookie season was cut short due to a shoulder injury he sustained in week four against the Dallas Cowboys. But Gonzalez was on the path to what could have most likely led him to be a defensive rookie of the year finalist or even win the award this season.
Given that Gonzalez is 21 years old, he will be young enough and just entering his prime, which is why he is the most obvious choice to become an Olympian on the current roster.
On the offensive side of the ball, the honor could also be held by Kendrick Bourne. Bourne is undoubtedly not the most popular choice, but he could excel.
Bourne has been undervalued by the coaching staff of the Patriots the last season and some of this season. Bourne is a playmaker, and he has shown that he is capable of being a top wide receiver for the Patriots. This year alone, he has found the endzone twice but has made critical receptions that have kept drives alive for the Patriots offense.
What about any alumni?
An easy answer would be former tight end Rob Gronkowski, who is currently enjoying retirement. Gronk is considered one of the best, if not the greatest, tight ends of all time. He was a dominant force that was unstoppable and a popular target of Tom Brady.
Speaking of Tom Brady, he wouldn't be in consideration as he is expected to enter the NFL Hall of Fame that summer and schedules could conflict with the ceremony and the Olympic games.
One last Patriots alumni that would be fun to see in Los Angeles is the fan-favorite linebacker Kyle Van Noy. Now this is unlikely to happen, but Van Noy would be a great addition as he can rush the quarterback well and is quick with his hands, which is most important in flag football.
Regardless, it's exciting to see that flag football will be an Olympic sport in 2028, and it'll be even more exciting to see NFL players compete for Olympic gold. But it would be great to see the Patriots represented in the Olympics.