“The Opening,” Nike’s ultimate football experience—comprising the SPARQ Rating National Championship, Lineman Challenge and 7On Tournament—was truly a gotta-see-it-to-believe-it event. Blue-chip high school recruits united with All-Pro NFL players and world-class coaches and instructors for five full days of training, fun and competition at Nike World Headquarters in Beaverton, Ore.
Experience “The Opening” via our photo collection (below), and stay locked on the STACK Blog for exclusive video from what will no doubt go down as the greatest football extravaganza in recent memory.
Hands on: NFL All-Pro DE Ndamukong Suh of the Detroit Lions instructs Jamal Marcus during the Lineman Challenge.
Team Alpha Talon players listen as Kansas City Chiefs WR Dwayne Bowe reviews the ins and outs of the position.
Cleveland Browns CB Joe Haden celebrates a Team Super Bad touchdown during 7On preliminary round action.
Seattle Seahawks OT Russell Okung encourages a fellow lineman during the "The Opening" Lineman Challenge.
Team Field Generals players receive instruction from their squad leader, Baltimore Ravens RB Ray Rice.
Seattle Seahawks LB Aaron Curry runs pre-game warm-ups before Team Alpha Speed takes the field at "The Opening."
Tampa Bay Bucs QB Josh Freeman shares a laugh between games with Team Alpha Talon QB Chad Kelly.
A receiving threat for the Minnesota Vikings, tight end Visanthe Shiancoe plays the role of center for Team Land Sharks.
Follow the leader: Arizona Cardinals DB and Team Vapor Carbon coach Patrick Peterson, center, lead a pre-game stretch.
Number one spot: Team Alpha Talon poses for the cameras after claiming the 2011 7On tournament championship.
: Luke DeLong