The Cleveland Browns hosted the 2011 National 7-on-7 Tournament at their Berea facility. Twenty-four teams - Bears, Bengals, Bills, Broncos, Browns, Buccaneers, Cardinals, Colts, Dolphins, Falcons, Giants, Jets, Lions, Packers, Panthers, Patriots, Rams, Ravens, Redskins, Saints, Steelers, Texans, Titans and Vikings - participated in the event. Upon arrival, teams were able to check out a Blackhawk helicopter that the Ohio National Guard landed in the hotel parking lot. After getting settled in, teams had the opportunity to listen to guest speaker University of Connecticut's Head Football Coach Paul Pasqualoni, speak about the importance of character throughout the recruiting process. Friday began with round robin play at the Browns facility and ended with a BBQ dinner in Canton at the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Competition continued Saturday with the semi-final and final games taking place inside Cleveland Browns Stadium. In the end, the Dolphins won their third straight tournament with a win over the Falcons in the Championship game.
The 2010 National 7-on-7 Tournament was held in Tampa, Florida at Jefferson High School. 22 NFL teams were represented in the event. 11 AFC Teams - Bengals, Bills, Broncos, Browns, Colts, Dolphins, Jets, Patriots, Ravens, Texans, and Titans; and 11 NFC Teams - Bears, Buccaneers, Cardinals, Falcons, Giants, Packers, Panthers, Rams, Redskins, Saints, and Vikings. The 224 players and 44 coaches gave back to their country as they stuffed care packages for the Men and Women from Florida serving overseas. They got to hear from Buccaneers head coach Raheem Morris along with Bucs Center Jeff Faine. After a delicious dinner provided by Outback, the teams headed off to bed for an early start. The teams played interconference exhibition games to be seeded on the first day of football which was followed by a double elimination tournament within their conferences on the second day of foootball. The Championship game featured the defending champions Miami Dolphins against the home team Tampa Bay Buccaneers in a Florida showdown. In a very exciting game, the Dolphins came out on top to repeat in a 55-45 victory.
The Minnesota Vikings hosted the 2009 National 7-on-7 Tournament at their Winter Park facility. Sixteen teams – Broncos, Browns, Cardinals, Colts, Dolphins, Falcons, Giants, Jets, Panthers, Patriots, Rams, Ravens, Redskins, Saints, Texans, and Vikings – participated in the event. Teams faced off in round robin play followed by competition in a single elimination tournament. The competition was phenomenal as were the guest speakers. Vikings Owner Mark Wilf, Head Coach Brad Childress, and Pro Bowl Running Back Adrian Peterson were a hit among the participants and coaches at the tournament. The night before the tournament, participants were able to mingle and explore downtown Minneapolis along with a host of Vikings cheerleaders. In the end, the Dolphins won the tournament by going undefeated with a win over the Falcons in the Championship game.
The 2008 National 7-on-7 Tournament was a tremendous success. We expanded the program to include sixteen teams, the nine returning teams and seven new teams including the Browns, Colts, Dolphins, Panthers, Patriots, Seahawks, and Vikings. All sixteen teams participated in character development activities relating to Attitude, Image and Motivation as well as Active Citizenship. The group toured the Ninth Ward section of New Orleans, an area demolished by Hurricane Katrina, and then toured the Superdome, home of the Saints. Guest speakers during the event included Zach Streif, Offensive Lineman for the Saints as well as Saints Offensive Line Coach Ed Orgeron. The football was terrific with one game going into five overtimes!! The Championship game featured The Seattle Seahawks going undefeated at 11-0 and beating the New York Jets 37-10. For more info and pictures visit the media gallery!
The 2007 National Tournament was held in Houston, TX., Wednesday, July 11th through Friday July 13th. An additional team was added to total 9 participating teams from across the country representing the Giants, Jets, Ravens, Redskins, Falcons, Saints, Texans, 49ers, and the Broncos. It was a two-day tournament with Day 1 consisting of round robin play for seed and Day 2 the double elimination bracket tournament. In addition to the football, the teams got a chance to socialize with student athletes from other parts of the country. All 126 players and coaches got to taste some Texas style BBQ at the Longhorn Café one night and experience some good old Texas traditions at the H&H Ranch on the second night. In the end the Redskins prevailed beating the Giants in the championship game to become the 3-time defending NFL 7-on-7 champions.
In its third year, the tournament was moved to Atlanta, Ga. and hosted by the Atlanta Falcons. There were 8 participating teams again representing the Falcons, Jaguars, Giants, Jets, Ravens, Redskins, Eagles, and Saints. The football was exciting and intense. When not on the fields the kids got to socialize with other teams and coaches. One night the kids went bowling, the next they participated in the life skills forum at the Falcons training facility with guest speakers Billy "White shoes" Johnson as well as Keith Brooking. Following the life skills, the Falcons put on a tremendous BBQ with a DJ and the Falcon cheerleaders groovin with the players. When it was time to hit the field again the players were ready. In the Championship game, the Redskins team beat Jaguars and repeated as NFL 7-on-7 National Champions
In its second year, the tournament increased to include 8 participating teams. Each team represented the NFL team in their area. Participating teams included; Maryland (Ravens), Atlanta(Falcons), Washington,DC(Redskins), S. NJ/Philadelphia(Eagles), New Jersey(Giants), New York City (Jets), Westchester (Giants #2), and Long Island (Jets#2). In the championship game the Redskins beat the Falcons.
The first NFL 7-on-7 tournament was held in 2004 at halftime of The Empire Challenge (NY vs. LI.) In its premiere year there were 4 participating 7-on-7 teams; Washington D.C. Metro Area, Long Island, NY, NYC, Staten Island and Westchester, NY. The tournament was held in Hempstead, NY at Hofstra University.