Dec 29, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Jacksonville running back Maurice Jones-Drew (32) during the National Anthem before their game against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Thomas J. Russo-USA TODAY Sports

Maurice Jones-Drew believes London deserves a football team

Football has always been an adored American sport, but over the last decade the European fan base for the NFL has grown significantly. So much so that the NFL has commenced an international series of games overseas in London over the next several seasons.

Last year the league had two London games, which were extremely popular in England. This year, the NFL has plans for three games, and moving forward, the amount of games in London could continue to rise.

Last year, Maurice Jones-Drew joined his Jacksonville Jaguars teammates to play against the San Francisco 49ers in London for a regular season game. Jones-Drew, who is now an Oakland Raider, will be playing in London again this year. This time, the Raiders will face off against the Miami Dolphins in September.

Jones-Drew recently spoke to, and gave his thoughts on a potential expansion team in London in the coming years:

You know what? I think they deserve one. It’s just the toll it takes on the body because it’s so hard to fly across the pond. I think the fans deserve it and London deserves it because it is a great city.

My only worry is the toll it would take for a team to go back and forth and how would you get that done? There are some things they would have to work on – they might have to bring the Concorde back and cut that time in half. But you never know.

With the NFL continually trying to grow, it seems more and more likely that a European expansion is just around the corner.

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  • PompeyRaider

    You could make the schedule manageable by grouping home / away games together for an international franchise team. So 3 games at Home, then team would be based in the US for 5 games, then 5 games in London, 3 games in US, for example.

  • Abel Tovar

    It’s the NATIONAL football league, not international. No surprise that something dumb like this is coming from a raider but the NFL has no business playing in London. It’s a big enough pain to have players play cross country and now you want them to travel internationally on a regular? It’ll affect more than just that game. It’ll take them too long to adjust and could affect the outcome of the game the following week because whoever traveled from London would be at a disadvantage. Players have stated it takes about 2 weeks to get adjusted from that trip.

  • EllisWyatt

    The two dumbest ideas I keep hearing about are (1) expanding the NFL playoffs and (2) putting a team in London. Does this league have any idea what its fans want? Does it even care to find out? Hey maybe we should put a Premier League franchise in the US since the World Cup got such high ratings. Makes about as much sense as this does.