'I'm playing in the same stadium as Spurs, it's special' - NFL star Kelvin Beachum
01 October 2016|Tottenham Hotspur
It’s not lost on Kelvin Beachum that he’ll be following in his favourite ‘soccer’ team’s footsteps when he walks out at Wembley Stadium on Sunday.
First, an introduction. Kelvin is an offensive tackle, #68 for the Jacksonville Jaguars of the NFL’s AFC South Division. Tomorrow, they face a huge divisional game against Indianapolis Colts at the most famous football stadium in the world - and our ‘home’ in the Champions League this season.
“It’s a special feeling,” said Kelvin, who started supporting us once he learned that we shared the same name as his favourite basketball team, San Antonio Spurs - and he hasn’t looked back since.
“This will be the first time as a fan that I’ve played in the same stadium that Spurs have played in. It’s exciting. I’m excited for the opportunity, excited for what this stadium brings and you know what, I’m also looking forward to catching a Spurs game in the new stadium the Club is building.
“I’ve played at Wembley before (for the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2013) and it has a very different feel to it. It’s feels magical, special. You can tell that there have been a lot of special moments in this stadium and you treat it as such.
“The noise from the fans, the horns - we have to get used to that. It’s a completely different feeling to any other stadium I’ve ever played in.”
It’s a huge game because the Jags have lost three out of three so far - two by less than four points - but all is not lost in terms of qualifying for the play-offs in what is a 16-match regular season and victory over Colts will bring them back into the picture in a division that also includes the Houston Texans and Tennessee Titans.
“We’re not where we want to be and anyone can see that,” he said. “We’ve allowed two games to get away from us that we should have won.
“We’ve played well, but it’s about consistency and if you don’t have that consistency over the course of a game, you’ll be in those games, but not win them. At this point, we haven’t won the games we need to win so if we can put things together for four quarters, I believe we can come out with a win.
“It’s a very important game, a divisional game. If you do well against the teams in your division, it gives you a better chance to progress to the play-offs and from there it’s the championship game and that elevates you to the Super Bowl. So starting with Colts, these are the steps we need to take to be where we want to be.
“When I joined Jacksonville (from Steelers earlier this year) there were a lot of high expectations, and those expectations haven’t been met so far, so we have get those things done. We have to put things in order. We can do it, it’s not that we don’t have the talent, we have to execute our plans and do it on Sunday.”
Look out for more from Kelvin next week as we learn about the life of an NFL star - and a career that is put on the line every time he steps onto the field of play...