States Developmental Football League

World’s first pro football league with a foc...

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States Developmental Football League (SDFL)
A new developmental football program with a revolutionary purpose: to prepare
our athletes for future success -- on and off the field. The SDFL program combines league-based professional football with programs designed to equip our players with skills they will need to be successful in their post-football lives. 

This year, 16,175 college football players were
eligible for the NFL draft.

For the other 15,900+, an uncertain future stretches
out ahead: a future of life after football.

The States Developmental Football League (SDFL)
represents a new vision for professional football.

By combining league-based professional football with business, financial, and life development courses, we equip our players with the skills they will need to be
successful in their post-football lives. 

Our vision and business model was presented to some of the key professors at Babson College in Wellesley Massachusetts during the Babson Executive Education & NFLPA Trust 301 Growing your business program in 2017 and they loved the concept and asked why it had never been done before? Babson which is considered one of the top entrepreneurial colleges in the world has produced some notable alumni like Edsel Ford II Director of Ford Motor Company, Daniel Frank Gerber Founder of Gerber Products Company, and Arthur M. Blank Co founder of Home Depot and Owner of the AtlantFalcons. 

Co Founder & Commissioner Garrick Jones with other former NFL players and Senior Lecturer Edward P. Marram

B.S., M.S., University of Massachusetts  Ph.D., Tufts University

"This business model that you have is scary in a great way." - SDFL business mentor Professor Larry Carr Faculty Co - Director

B.A., Marist College  M.A., M.B.A., Union College  Ph.D., Union College

The SDFL is made up of 4 teams, with a plan to expand to at least 16 by the year 2028. Each year, our teams compete to win the SDFL Bowl.

SDFL games are played following 11-man, NFL rules and regulations.
Tryouts are held in the spring of each year to fill any vacancies in our teams from the following season.

SDFL’s mission extends far beyond the whistle.
We offer programs that equip our athletes for success --
on and off the field.

The SDFL has been in operation since 2012, carefully beta testing each aspect of our league to ensure feasibility and a high-quality experience for our players, their families, and our fans alike. Now, we’re ready to launch the very first full season of SDFL football in 2024. From there, we’ll work on expanding the SDFL league to new cities each year, with a goal of hitting 16 teams in 2028.

Want to know more about the future of SDFL and how you can be involved?
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Garrick Jones  Commissioner
A veteran of three professional football leagues, Garrick Jones personifies the qualities of a 
battle tested leader on and off the field. These qualities are key components of a commissioner that will be able to lead by example while building a blue collar, salt of the earth organization.

Byron Clay  President
Former professional football player
world class track athlete, marketing expert, licensed healthcare professional and business developer are just a few of the talents that are a part of Byron K. Clay’s arsenals. These qualities will be valued assets to the success of the President, while developing championship caliber teams for each state in the SDFL organization.

Michael Greer  Head of Scouting
President Free Agent Players Association and Free Agent Scouting Director Pacific Division of SDFL and overall head of scouting.

Michael Tolds  Strength & Conditioning V.P                                                   Michael A.Tolds Sr. is the founder of Moodswing Fitness (MFS) Strength, Conditioning and Agility Training. Michael is a former USFL football player. Michael played for the Houston Gamblers from 1984 to 1985.Mr. Tolds has been training young men since 2002 in strength, conditioning and speed training. He has a love, passion and patience for training young men to be their best on and off the field.


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