Hi, I’m Paul and I’m the one who’s put this little NFL-inspired blog together. I’m a 40-something husband to Nicky and father of two living in the UK and who happens to love the NFL and the NFL London games.
This blog, NFLFan.uk, is about the NFL London games that are played each and every year. It is about the venues at which the games are played and about the teams and the players that commit to playing in the games each year.
There are informative pages and posts about the venues, teams and players as well as a section for newcomers to this fantastic game for them to begin learning or further their knowledge of the game and what is going on. If you want to learn more then head over to the Beginners Guide section and have a browse.
Or, if you feel you already know enough about how the game works then head over to the Blog where you’ll find more info about the teams involved in the games in this and previous years. There’s also news and updates to be found there about the whole NFL London thing. Oh yeah, and me banging on about my favourite team, the Cleveland Browns.
Anyway, more about me 😉
I’ve been interested in the NFL since I was a kid back in the mid ’80s. When I wasn’t out playing on my Raleigh Grifter or waiting for a computer game to load on the Sinclair Spectrum I’d be out throwing a football about with my mates who were also into this new shiny game called American Football. I remember we couldn’t wait for the weekly highlights programme on Channel 4 presented by the ex-Falcons kicker, Mick Luckhurst.
The first game I can remember watching was Superbowl XX(20) which was played in the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans between the Chicago Bears, who were representing the NFC, and the New England Patriots, who were representing the AFC. You know you’re getting old and you’ve been into the game for quite a while when you remember the days when a team wore a uniform that is now their throwback uniform! Not just the New England Patriots but the Tampa Bay Buccaneers too.
The Bears were massive favourites after winning 15 regular season games and battering their opponents in the points for/against columns. The game went as expected with the Bears running out 46-10 winners. I remember watching some great players such as Jim McMahon, William ‘The Refrigerator’ Perry, Richard Dent, Mike Singletary and the legend that is Walter Payton. With all that talent on one team and with such a blow-out result, I’m surprised I’m not a Bears fan today.
I actually decided to support the Miami Dolphins as I was hearing their name mentioned a lot and I liked the idea of supporting a team in a sunny location in case I one day went to watch them play a home game. The reason I was hearing a lot about them was, basically, because they were awesome in the ’70s and ’80s. They had also just drafted a certain Mr Dan Marino at the end of the first round in the famous 1983 college draft. I enjoyed watching the Marino to Mark Duper and Mark Clayton combination that was the Dolphin’s passing game for a number of years.
I’ve been into many things that have come and gone over the years but the NFL has pretty much always been in my life since 1985. It did take a back seat for a few years during my early working years as I was more interested in working to earn money and going out clubbing, but I was soon back into it.
When I got back into the game I thought I’d have a fresh start. By this time it was the late ’90s and I’d heard that the Cleveland Browns were coming back into the league, just as I was. I had a look at their history and just thought, “Wow! So much history for one team”. I also liked the fact they didn’t have a logo on their helmets or have a cheerleader unit and so seemed to be a no-nonsense team. They were just about the football. Because of these things I decided I’d come back to the league with them as my team, which they still are today…no matter how difficult they are to watch at times.
So that’s a little about me and my history with regards to the NFL, but why did I start this blog site? Basically, because I love the NFL and now that technology has moved on I get to watch all the games I want, when I want, as well as being able to keep up with the latest news and gossip between the games. This has just increased my love of the league more and more over the years to a point where I spend a lot of my time doing NFL related stuff. I’ve always wanted to do something productive, NFL-wise, and spend a lot of my time in front of my laptop or on my phone or iPad so decided to combine the two.
After sitting around having a think about how I could combine the two in a way that wouldn’t be a waste of my time, I thought I’d try to help increase the popularity of the NFL International Series, even if only slightly, to a point where, in the future, we might have our own franchise over here in the UK (if they can ever iron out the technical issues involved in making that happen). From what I’ve seen on some social media, there seems to be a lot of people not wanting a franchise over here but I think that’s just crazy. How could you not want a franchise that you could get truly behind with your support? Yes, we all have our favourite teams but it’s not just about our generation. Anyway, that’s all for a future blog post I guess.
This is why NFLFan.uk has been born. It is my platform with which to talk about the goings-on in the league as well as trying to inform and help people make their International Series game trips easier and more fun. Hopefully, I can impart some useful information or reveal something new that you hadn’t even thought of.
So, that’s me. I hope you’ll enjoy your time on NFLFan.uk and will keep coming back, and I hope I can be of help to you.
If you’d like to know more about me (I have no idea why you would) or this site or would like to see something added to it or even if you’d like to contribute in some way, please contact me and I’ll see what I can do.