British Invasion For The Dallas Cowboys

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Nov 6, 2014; London, UNITED KINGDOM; NFL shield logo bearskin helmet shirts at Niketown London in advance of the NFL International Series game between the Dallas Cowboys and the Jacksonville Jaguars. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The Jacksonville Jaguars are the so called British NFL team. London is considered their second home, with the team committed to playing a game at Wembley each year for the foreseeable future. They’re the only team to have an ‘official’ fan club based in England and a designated workforce based in the NFL UK offices. They’re the team Brits are meant to support, and the team promoted constantly.

The sea of blue and silver covering three quarters of Wembley in November last year suggests the Jaguars English dream isn’t quite fulfilled yet. America’s Team is also Britain’s team, in fact the Dallas Cowboys are arguably the world’s team.

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Over the last few years, the game has developed immensely here in the UK. The addition of a number of Brits to the NFL has certainly added intrigue. In 2013 former Olympian Lawrence Okoye took part in the NFL Super Regional Combine. The record setting gold medallist went undrafted, but the San Francisco 49ers went onto sign him.

Okoye wasn’t the only Brit to enter the NFL in 2013. Menelik Watson was a college basketball player before switching to football. He spent 2012 playing offensive tackle for Florida State. The Oakland Raiders were impressed enough with Watson to draft him in the second round of the 2013 draft, and he’s played twelve games over the last two seasons.

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