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Thumbs-up from Luck

Posted on 9 July 2015  - 15:30

NFL superstar Andrew Luck has given the thumbs-up to yesterday’s announcement that we will host NFL matches at our new stadium.

Andrew in action for the Colts against Bengals last seasonAndrew talks to budding quarterbacks at a special session at Hotspur WayAndrew runs for a first down against JaguarsAndrew runs the QB session at Hotspur Way

Agreement has been reached between the club and the NFL for a minimum of two NFL games per year to be played during a 10-year partnership.

Our state-of-the-art new stadium, due to open in the summer of 2018, will feature a retractable grass field with an artificial surface underneath that would be used for NFL games.

Luck is one of the NFL’s most iconic players.

First pick in the NFL draft in 2012, the QB has led the Indianapolis Colts to three play-off appearances including two division titles in 2013 and 2014, earning a Pro Bowl selection in each season.

He took time out from passing on his wealth of knowledge to budding young quarterbacks at a training camp at Hotspur Way to give us his views on the NFL in London - and recall his days as a young boy in the capital, and an early visit to White Hart Lane!

Below: Andrew at Hotspur Way


First of all Andrew, what our your thoughts on our training facility here at Hotspur Way?
Andrew Luck:
“It’s a beautiful facility, a great indoor arena, I got a tour of the Academy side of the wing and the first team side and it’s beautiful, really beautiful. It’s an honour to be here.”

What are your thoughts on the announcement?
Andrew: “It’s very exciting, great. When I was a kid I went to the old White Hart Lane for some London Monarchs games, at least one, I’ve also watched Tottenham at White Hart Lane to see Clint Dempsey play so it will be cool and great for all the fans over here as well.”

We were lucky enough to meet the 49ers in 2013 and the NFL players seem to love coming over to play…
Andrew: “Yes they do, all the experiences I’ve heard from the guys is that they’ve enjoyed it and really had a blast. It’s great for the European fans and the fans here in London to get to watch three games a year now (three games at Wembley in 2015), so that’s fantastic.”

Fans will have watched NFL on TV, many will have gone to Wembley but for those who haven’t, tell us about the experience of a ‘live’ NFL match…
Andrew: “It’s a great game to watch live. It’s longer than soccer matches, it can be a fast, physical game with collisions but there is also a lot of grace in what these athletes do, world-class athletes. I’m sure if you appreciate sport, you will appreciate an NFL football game.”

You were based in London as a young boy - your dad (Oliver) was General Manager of the World League and then NFL Europe - did that spark your interest in NFL?
Andrew: “It’s always been there in the family with my father playing (he played for Houston Oilers, 1982-86) but growing up around American Football in Europe was different. That certainly sparked my interest in the game.”

Did it spark your interest in ‘soccer’ as well?
Andrew: “Absolutely, being overseas, being around soccer, I appreciate how great a game it is. I love watching it on TV and I get to as many MLS games as I can. I remember Tottenham out in the States five years ago (July, 2010) when I was still at school in Stanford, a couple of buddies and I bought tickets to go and watch (v San Jose). I try to follow the Americans abroad in the Premier League and when Clint Dempsey was at Tottenham, myself and my girlfriend were here on vacation and I said ‘I have to go and watch them play’. And now with DeAndre Yedlin here with you, I’ll have to watch another game as well! It’s a great sport, I love watching it and as a fan, it’s cool to be here today.”