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drink galore, full throttle cheerleaders and a generous smattering of Buffalo and Jacksonville players served as a firsthand glimpse at just how vast the sport has become overseas in recent days.
Walking the grounds with fellow Around The NFL colleague Conor Orr, we saw pro football fans of all ages: men, women, children and pets decked out in a kaleidoscope of jerseys honoring players new and old. Spiller, Peyton Manning jersey cheap jersey cheap, Fred Taylor, Fred Jackson, Zach Ertz jersey cheap, LaDainian Tomlinson jersey cheap jersey cheap, Eric Decker jersey cheap, Blake Bortles jersey cheap jersey cheap, Ryan Tannehill jersey cheap jersey cheap, Matthew Stafford jersey cheap jersey cheap, a small curly haired child in Paul Posluszny jersey cheap jersey cheap gear, Doug Martin jersey cheap, Joe Flacco jersey cheap jersey cheap, Jimmy Graham jersey cheap, Kyle Rudolph jersey cheap jersey cheap, Tedy Bruschi jersey cheap, Byron Leftwich, MJD (sorry, Ike Taylor) and LeSean McCoy jersey cheap jersey cheap.
We spoke to the Leftwich clad fan, Matt Harris, a teacher who noted that football has taken hold in the schools, saying that kids who always played soccer and rugby are “now also playing American football out on the fields,” adding: “It’s getting to that point where kids are buying into it. They know the rules, they know the game, they know the players. Over the past four years, I’ve really seen the shift.”
Harris was introduced to the Jaguars by his friend, Matt Wright, who told me he fell for Jacksonville “10 to 12 years ago” after vacationing in Florida. At the time he was more into the NBA’s Orlando Magic, but returned from the voyage with a Warren Sapp jersey cheap Bucs jersey and a Jaguars cap. Tampa had just won the Super Bowl, leaving Wright to feel that he “didn’t want to be that person” who band wagon jumped, so he picked the Jags, who he’ll watch in person on Sunday.
Along the avenue, we witnessed a millennial in blasted out skinny jeans and a form fitting Rob Gronkowski jersey cheap jersey cheap jersey, but just yards away was a Jets fan, decked in green and basking in New York’s nfl jerseys from China
4 1 start. Nigel Sharnand, 22, told me he’s been a Jets fan since 2012, when he went to the States to watch Gang Green face the Dolphins. He’s followed the NFL since attending the first International Series tilt between Miami and the Giants back in 2007.
“I started playing at uni, so you have three years at uni and the team will give you the kit and stuff,” Barber said, “. We’re all amateur and do it for the love of it.”
A run stuffing linebacker, Barber is another example of how the sport itself not just the trappings of daily fantasy football has captured Europe.
It wasn’t just on Regent Street, either. All week long, we’ve eyed examples of how the NFL is meshing into the fabric of this amazing city. As I write this, Orr and I are in the rowdy stands of a soccer match between Fulham FC and lavender clad Reading FC.
We’re drinking in this contest, just as British fans will embrace Sunday’s bout between the Jaguars and Bills. There’s room for everything. The walls are coming down, the borders dissolving. It’s a glorious time to be an NFL fan, no matter where you call home.