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Michigan Unified flag football teams take their place among Ford Field champions

Six Unified high school flag football teams competed at Ford Field on November 30 with teams comprised of Special Olympics athletes and high school students.

Like the Detroit Lions that preceded him and four football teams that followed, Jordan Crowl walked off the field on the losing side of the Ford Field scoreboard.

Not that it mattered. Crowl cared, but the score wasn’t necessarily the priority.

“We lost by two touchdowns, but we had a lot of fun,” said Crowl, a member of Sparta’s Unified Flag Football team. “Playing here (in Ford Field) is an amazing feeling. I like it a lot. It’s different than what I see on TV. My parents thought it was amazing that I got to play here.”

Before Saturday’s Michigan high school football championship games, six teams gathered on the Ford Field artificial turf, competing in three flag football games before many of the fans were even through security.

Not that it mattered. There were still cheers, handshakes, team photos and high-fives, without any slurs, late hits or hurt feelings.

[Excerpt taken from an article written by Hugh Bernreuter of]

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