Greisen's 'showcase' gives football players chance to play


DE PERE (WLUK) -- West De Pere football coach Chris Greisen didn't want to see a fall season go by without football being played, so when decisions were being made throughout the state on whether football would be played with COVID-19 concerns Greisen started thinking what he could do to save football and he came up with what he calls the "Friday Night Showcase."

Greisen has organized a 7-on-7 league kicking off Sept. 11 that will give players a chance to play football. There will be seven regular season games and three playoff weeks with up to 20 teams included.

"I still feel like there's something out there that we can do, I can do to fill that void and that's when I came up with the idea of the 'Friday Night Showcase' at (Capitol Credit Union Park, home of the Green Bay Booyah) where they can still get the Friday night underneath the lights," Greisen said. "There's a number of kids that want to go on to play college football and without being able to play in the fall a lot of those dreams seem to be dashed.

"At least for the skill position players we're going to give them an opportunity to be filmed and that film they will be able to use that to make highlights."

Greisen won't be in attendance for the season as West De Pere will be competing in the Bay Conference this fall, but he says there seems to be interest in this league.

"I've talked to a number of coaches and people and they're like, 'Man, this is great,'" Greisen said. "It can't be school-affiliated because obviously they made the decision not to play school-affiliated football, but this is more like AAU, club volleyball where they organize their teammates.

"It will be awesome. It's a beautiful venue, there's concession stands. It's going to be really nice considering the situation we're in with COVID."

And a key part is there will be no restrictions as fans can attend the games.

"Fans can come out, students can come out; obviously parents, whoever wants to come out to watch," Greisen said.

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