Naval Academy QB hoping to defend his nation in Finland

Life has a way of pointing Tago Smith in the direction of the football field, even going as far as inserting him into a specific position regardless of his original intentions.

At the U.S. Naval Academy, Tago arrived to kick off his freshman year planning to line up at safety, just as he had during a standout four-sport high school career. He opted to switch to the offensive side of the ball, eager to fill the role of slot back receiver, but soon found himself lining up under center for the Midshipmen. Injuries led to Tago being asked to chance his arm as the team’s quarterback, and for the good of the team, that’s where he remained through his senior year.

Fast forward eight years to Fayetteville, Georgia, where football fate again played its hand and directed Tago to the USA Football U.S. flag football national team tryouts in neighboring North Carolina.

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Michael Preston (@PRMikePreston) is currently working with IFAF in a PR capacity. He recently covered Super Bowl LVII as a member of the NFL PR team as he has done for 20+ years. He has held communications positions with NFL Europe, the North