Green Bay Packers: Former coach involved in interactive football game aimed at millennials

By Alex Butler  |  Nov. 11, 2017 at 3:44 PM
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Nov. 11 (UPI) -- Former Green Bay Packers coach Mike Sherman has joined Your Call Football, a new game that lets fans call plays in real-time during a real, live game.

Sherman, 62, posted a 57-39 record in six seasons coaching the Packers. He served as a general manger, coached NFL offensive lines and tight ends and served as an offensive coordinator. Sherman also coached at the high school and college level. He brings that experience to this innovative idea.

The Your Call Football game launches next spring and is a combination of Madden, fantasy football and watching football on TV.

"They told me what they had been working on the last four years and I was intrigued by it," Sherman told UPI. "Having lived in Green Bay and College Station, Texas, two places that have tremendous fan bases, I've always been someone who always had a lot of respect for the fans and to have as much inclusion as possible."

"Your Call Football allows the fans the opportunity to be participants in the process and not just spectators. So you deal with the younger generation in particular they want to be a part of it. I think it's a great opportunity for them to test their skill and let the coaches be the Monday morning quarterback and not the fans."

The Your Call Football app will allow fans to choose from a selection of play calls that will be used in a real, live football game. Photo courtesy of Your Call Football.

Sherman led the Packers to three NFC North titles. He called thousands of plays in that timeframe, sometimes successful and sometimes not.

"Every single call I ever made as a coach in college or high school or the NFL, you own those calls," Sherman said. "Now fans have a chance to see if they can make the call that's going to get the ball down the field and into the end zone. I think it's a fun thing for them."

Sherman is tasked with hiring more coaches and developing a roster of players for the effort. Your Call Football fans can download an app to control what happens on the field by voting on a selection of plays chosen by coaches, including Sherman. The fans can then watch the plays be executed and earn points based on the success of those plays. Play callers can earn cash prizes.

Most of the players chosen for the teams will have participated in NFL camp at one point. The players and coaches will get together for seven weeks and three games at Historic Dodgertown in Vero Beach, Fla. The games will last a maximum of two hours.

"Maybe they were the backup left tackle at Alabama and really didn't get a chance to show their skills or the third running back at Georgia," Sherman told UPI.

"So we are going to give these guys a chance to not only develop their skills in a seven week period, but to play three games and a get a chance to showcase what they can do. We're not probably dealing with anybody that's going to be drafted in 2018. They'll be draftees from the 2015, 2016 and 2017 class. We want to make sure that they are the type of players that bring quality of talent and character to the organization and to teams, but also have a chance to develop and maybe, who knows, after seven weeks an NFL team sees a guy on our roster and wants to elevate him."

Sherman said many of the coaches will also have NFL experience.

"This day and age, where fans are getting younger and this new generation of millennials are on their iPhones and want to be a part of something bigger than themselves...this gives them that chance," he said.

"The games will be broadcasted live on TV. They will be able to make the call from inside of a sports bar or at home or at a party or wherever they are. They are watching the game and they can make the calls and the calls go up and down on the sideline. Believe it or not, the call that gets the most votes, just like American Idol, will get the chance to go out into the game. But there is a point system that carries into it and there are prizes that go along with the best play callers. It's a revolutionary neat idea."

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