The NFL in London – Interesting Facts

Since 2007 there has been at least one regular season NFL game in London, swelling to two in 2013, then three for the past three years.

This year London will play host to eight teams across four games in two stadia (Wembley Stadium and Twickenham Stadium) as American Football continues its expansion on British shores.

Here are some facts about the teams featuring in this year’s clashes:

The Baltimore Ravens are named after the famous poem by Edgar Allan Poe. Poe wrote the poem, entitled “The Raven”, while living in Baltimore during the 1830s. In 1996, when the Cleveland Browns moved to Baltimore, the fans renamed the team in honour of Poe’s masterpiece.

The Jacksonville Jaguars and Fulham Football Club in London are both owned by the same person, Shad Khan. Khan’s first task when becoming owner of Fulham was to remove the controversial statue of Michael Jackson, commissioned by former owner Mohamad Al-Fayed.

The New Orleans Saints were the first NFL team to wear all black uniforms, both pants and jerseys, when they did so in a 2001 road game against the Carolina Panthers.

The Miami Dolphins team name was decided after a contest drew nearly 20,000 entries. Announcing the winner on October 8, 1965, owner Joe Robbie said, “the dolphin is one of the fastest and smartest creatures of the sea.”

The Minnesota Vikings’ quarterback Brad Johnson became the first NFL quarterback to ever throw a touchdown pass to himself in a 1997 game against the Carolina Panthers.  He did this after catching his own deflected pass and running three yards into the end zone.

The Cleveland Browns actually aren’t an original NFL team, but started as a member of the AAFC, the All-American Football Conference. The Browns dominated the AAFC for the four years of its existence, winning the championship every year and finishing with a record of 47-4-3.

The Arizona Cardinals combined rosters with the Steelers during the 1944 NFL season, due to labour shortages because of World War II. This new hybrid team failed to win any games that season.

When The Los Angeles Rams became the first NFL franchise in Los Angeles, one of the conditions in their lease to play in the Los Angeles Coliseum was to integrate the team with at least one African-American player. The club found the perfect option from their new city, and signed running back Kenny Washington who had starred at UCLA on March 21, 1946.

To find out how Little’s can facilitate ground transport, for anything from luxury cars to coaches for large groups, for the NFL games in London this October and November please contact us via NFL@littles.co.uk, or call +44 (0)203 282 1056.  Established in 1966, we have over 50 years’ experience in ensuring sporting events run as smoothly as possible.