EVERY STORY HAS IT'S BEGINING
American football has been played since the mid to late 19th century. We can trace the origins of flag football as we know it today, all the way back to the early 1940's. Developed as a recreational sport for military personnel during World War II, flag football soon found it's roots in public recreation after the war. Most commonly found on college campuses as an intramural sport throughout the 60's and 70's, flag football has taken on many different variations and formats, and has seen a number of different "governing" bodies, including the National Touch & Flag League (NTFL), United States Flag Touch Football League (USFTL), Flag Football World Championship Tour (FFWCT), and many more. Many of these organizations sanction local leagues throughout the country and host regional and national championship tournaments.
Locally, the Chicagoland area has seen a number of different groups, organizations, and leagues over the years. The idea to start Revolution was first conceived in the Fall of 2017 by Brian Darrey, his teammates Dave Klink and Dan Pienkowski, and their mutual friend, Nick "Gio" Gianatasio. The four men combined, had a total of fifty plus years experience playing flag football, most of which was spent playing in a local league that had been around since 1989. Looking for a change and a way to enhance their Sunday mornings beyond just a game in the park, they set out to create a league that offered an "experience". Brian had long dreamt of creating a sports league and after spending time in an administrative role with the previous league, felt it was time to make a move. On November 27, 2017, we announced our arrival to the Chicagoland flag football community and the rest is history!
WHY A REVOLUTION?
Revolution Flag Football was created with one simple goal in mind: Create a league that is not only fun, but competitive, and governed by the very players who play in it. The idea that each team and it's players have a voice is what will be the foundation to success for the RFFL.
Founder & Director - Revolution Football, LLC
Brian is a Chicagoland born and raised Green Bay Packers fan (with familial ties to Wisconsin). Brian grew up in suburban Des Plaines and attended Maine West High School, where he played football for two years. Brian was involved with the Chicago Rush of the Arena Football League in numerous roles including ball boy, eventually becoming a yearly season ticket holder. He enjoys all variations of football and is also an avid fan of the Canadian Football League (CFL), cheering for the Edmonton Eskimos. Brian has played and been involved with flag football on and off for over ten years. He developed his management, organizational, and leadership skills during his ten year career with Comcast Cable, including the last three in Field Operations Management. Brian left Comcast in March of 2018, a week before kicking off our inaugural season and took the opportunity to focus on this dream of his and the growth and development of the league. He now splits his time between the RFFL and his new career in the metal plating and finishing industry.
Personally, Brian resides in Hanover Park with his wife of three plus years (and business partner), Vanessa. They have two dogs, 10 year old Patches and 4 year old Sugar, both pit mixes. He is a Harley Davidson enthusiast, riding a 2005 Electra Glide Ultra Classic, enjoys traveling whenever possible (even if it's just to hitch up the camper and head up north), or staying in and playing XBOX.