You’ve probably never heard of McLeod Bethel-Thompson, but he could soon hold an NFL record.
According to Pro Football Talk, via Bill Williamson of ESPN.com, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Bethel-Thompson could become the first NFL player to travel to London for two NFL games in the same year.
Last month, Bethel-Thompson was the third-string quarterback for the Minnesota Vikings when they lost to the Cleveland Browns in Wembley Stadium. He was released by the Vikings after they signed Josh Freeman, and was claimed on waivers by the 49ers. The 49ers will soon play the Jacksonville Jaguars in London on October 27.
A strange coincidence is that Bethel-Thompson’s 93-year-old grandfather, Wilbur “Moose” Thompson, won a gold medal for the shot put during the 1948 Olympics, which were held at Wembley Stadium.
According to Bethel-Thompson, per Williamson:
It was cool to be a part of that, the whole process of being in the same stadium as my grandfather. The second thing, it was just a very cool environment.
All Bethel-Thompson has to do is stick to the 49ers roster for a bit more than a week. However, this might be an accomplishment of itself, since the 49ers have already cut Seneca Wallace, Scott Tolzein, B.J. Daniels, and John Skelton this season.