NFL London International

NFL: Top Ten Facts Ahead of Its Return to London in October 2019

The NFL returns to London for its International Series and its sure to be a sell-out event once again as it continues to grow in popularity and interest on this side of the Atlantic Ocean. The global NFL brand has really made an impression in the UK and now, in its 12th year, fans can look forward to four games in Britain’s capital — but there’s a lot more that you may not know about the NFL.

  1. The Green Bay Packers of Wisconsin were the first American Football Team to win the very first Super Bowl, which was held in Los Angeles, California on January 15th 1967. At that time, it was known as the NFL-AFL Championships. The Green Bay Packers destroyed AFL’s Kansas City Chiefs, 35-10 and went on to win the Superbowl the following year too.
  2. The last NFL London Series in 2018 had a record attendance of 85,870 people. Held at the iconic Wembley Stadium, visitors got to witness the Philadelphia Eagles defeat the Jacksonville Jaguars, 24-18.
  3. In 2019, the NFL London Series will stage four games in London for the first time in its history. Two will be held at Wembley Stadium and the other two at the new state-of-the-art Tottenham Hotspurs Stadium.
  4. Unfortunately, around 3,000 cows are needed to supply the NFL with enough leather for a year’s supply of footballs.
  5. Player names weren’t placed on the back of football jerseys until the late 1960/70s. Rumour has it that this was to increase the publicity of players and make them easier to identify by viewers watching games on the TV.
  6. The 1970s Pittsburgh Steelers are the only team to have won two Superbowl games back-to-back twice! First in 1974 and 1975, then in 1978 and 1979. The Steelers, to this day are considered one of, if not the most dominant team in American football history.
  7. The average NFL career length is only three years long! However, players that have at least one Pro Bowl appearance tend to quadruple this figure, averaging a career length of just under 12 years.
  8. 1943 was the year of the Steagles. The Philidelphia Eagles and the Pittsburgh Steelers had to combine to form one team in the 1943 NFL season due to the second world war. The majority of both team’s contracted players had left for military service on government orders. Surprisingly, the newly merged Steagles performed very well, finishing the season with a winning record at 5-4-1.
  9. In 2009, James Brown signed a 5-year $37.5million contract, making him the highest-paid center in NFL at the time, only to walk away from it five years later with no more than $26million. Brown left the St. Louis Rams and dismissed a contract with the Carolina Panthers for his love of farming, which he said was God’s path for him. He learnt how to farm by watching YouTube videos and since then has donated tons of produce to local farm banks.
  10. Technically, the first time the NFL was hosted in London was in 1986, for a preseason game between the Chicago Bears and the Dallas Cowboys. The Chicago Bears defeated the Dallas Cowboys 17-6 in what was then called the “American Bowl”.