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Many of the stands at Avaya were closed off on Tuesday, and attendance at the game was low. The loudest roars came from jets landing at San Jose International Airport across the street. No one even tried to make enough noise to drown out play calls on third down.The fans that did come to watch came because of contact football, wearing jerseys representing NFL teams and the handful of former pros on the field. Even Team Vick’s Evan Rodriguez, who won the MVP award in the flag football game on Tuesday, saw this event from an NFL perspective. Jerseys For Sale.“[I’m] definitely trying to get back in the NFL,” he said after the game. Rodriguez played 20 games over three years for the Bears, Bills and Buccaneers, but last year he played indoor football for the Lehigh Valley Steelhawks in Allentown, Pa. “Hopefully this wakes them up.”“For a lot of us who grew up playing backyard football,” said Owens after the game, “this is what we like to do.”“I can’t stress enough how much fun it was just to be out here in this atmosphere just running around,”Behind the smiles, a little confusion and frustration was evident early on as players got use to the rules. But as they did, the spectacle improved. Team Owens’s Nikita Whitlock, a former Giants fullback who was suspended by the NFL for 10 games last year for taking performance enhancing drugs, danced and spun through Team Vick’s line on several plays.“I’ve been playing flag football since I was a kid,” said Team Vick’s ex-pro receiver Chad (Ochocinco) Johnson. Authentic NFL Jerseys.“Defensively and offensively, it’s no different than being in the NFL.”