Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck is helping NFL fans in Europe understand the game of football better thanks to a youth football camp with his father, West Virginia University athletic director Oliver Luck.
Luck’s camp in Europe took place earlier this week, where he returned to a place that his father once played.
“My father was working for NFL Europe so my family has a strong affinity for American Football on this continent and in this country,” Andrew Luck said, via Colts.com. “I love to come back to both of the countries at least once a year during the offseason to catch up with old families. I still have a bunch of family friends, a bunch of family members that live in Germany so I try to connect with them.”
The goal for Luck was to help fans in Europe get a better understanding of the game and building the skill set of people interested in American football, and the Colts quarterback was impressed with some of the efforts that he saw on the field.
“We are working on football skills, focused on the offensive side of the ball, quarterbacks and then everyone else who catches the ball, quarterbacks, tight ends, running backs, tight ends, wide receivers,” Luck said. “We’ve got a great group of guys today, a lot of talent, surprising level of proficiency about the game so it’s been good.”
With the NFL’s increased efforts to build fan interest overseas, they have to be thrilled with players taking things into their own hands by traveling over to hold the youth camps.
If more players can travel to Europe and work with the youth to continue teaching them about a game that doesn’t use a spherical ball, then the fan interest in the NFL’s product in Europe could continue to rise.