Fortnite and the NFLPA are back for another NFLPA Open tournament, where NFL players will compete for $10K toward charity and a Llama Trophy!

The NFL Players Association and Fortnite are back for another NFLPA Open tournament. This annual competition features well-known NFL players who compete in Fortnite Battle Royale for a charity prize and the Llama Trophy. Contrary to what some may think, many NFL athletes flex their competitive side on and off the gridiron. 

In the past, players such as Kurt Benkert, JuJu Smith-Schuster, and Christian McCaffrey have showcased their Fortnite talents in front of thousands. On September 18, these three NFL superstars and many more will compete to prove who of them is the best Fortnite player. 

NFL stars to compete in $10K NFLPA Open for charity

The last NFLPA Open occurred in 2021. Ultimately, former Dallas Cowboys running back JaQuan Hardy ran away with the top spot. Additionally, Anthony Hines and Kurt Benkert of the Los Angeles Rams and Green Bay Packers were in the mix. Following the NFLPA Open, these three players, more NFL players, and popular Twitch streamers combined to compete in the Twitch Rivals Streamer Bowl 3. 

It’s unclear if the NFLPA Open will lead to another Streamer Bowl event. However, you can be sure that the $10K charity prize pool, Llama Trophy, and a potential spot in the Streamer Bowl are plenty of motivation. 

Here’s a look at the players announced to compete in the NFLPA Open featuring Fortnite:

  • Kurt Benkert
  • JaQuan Hardy
  • Marquise “Hollywood” Brown
  • Kyler Murray
  • Christian McCaffrey
  • Malcolm Elmore
  • Anthony Hines
  • Avonte Maddox
  • Keenan Allen
  • Dallas Goedert
  • James Daniels
  • Austin Ekeler
  • Aaron Jones
  • JuJu Smith-Schuster

JaQuan Hardy is ready to defend the throne, Avonte Maddox looks to dethrone

The defending NFLPA Open Champion JaQuan Hardy took to Twitter with his excitement:

“Bout that time!!! You know I’m there,” he wrote. Last year, Hardy walloped the field by nearly 2,000 points. He finished second at the Streamer Bowl 3 alongside Fortnite streamers Jelty and Joji. 

Anthony Hines, who ended the last NFLPA Open in second, also posted his excited reaction on Twitter. While his team faltered during Streamer Bowl 3, he and Hardy are comfortable favorites heading into this year’s NFLPA Open featuring Fortnite. 

Finally, the competition begins on September 18, and all players hope to earn points consistently each week. Keep an eye on the NFLPA Twitter account for updates throughout the tournament. 

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Matthew

Matthew "MJP" Pryor

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Matt “MJP” Pryor began following esports in 2008 when Halo 3 was on top of the world. He is now a Fortnite fanatic who has watched the game’s casual and competitive development since the 2019 Fortnite World Cup. Matt plays the game often while reporting on everything from skin collaborations to tournaments and everything in between.