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Andrew Luck hosts football camp in London

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The decision of the NFL to play an ever-increasing number of regular-season games in London will help American football build a following in England.  But the best way to spread the oblong-ball virus is to give the youth of Europe exposure to it not as spectators but as participants.

Toward that end, Colts quarterback Andrew Luck and his father, WVU athletic director Oliver Luck, hosted a youth football camp in London earlier this week.  The Colts don’t play in London this year, but the Lucks have some history in Europe.  Nine years of it.

“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 told NFL UK on Monday, 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.”

Luck acknowledged that London lacks the “resources and infrastructure” to grow the sport from the youth level, but he nevertheless was impressed with what he saw.

“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.”

To truly grow the sport, the NFL needs more organized sessions like that one, along with a network of youth American football leagues.  Until that happens, English fans will continue to relate most strongly to plays involving the kicking of the ball.

Which could be reason enough to never get rid of the extra point.

[Photo credit:  Colts.com]

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12 Responses to “Andrew Luck hosts football camp in London”
  1. rutchaser says: Apr 9, 2014 8:32 AM

    Can’t we just keep football here?

  2. 87hollywoodhorn says: Apr 9, 2014 8:40 AM

    English people see the extra point kick and say “Oy, now that I can appreciate!”.

  3. 700levelvet says: Apr 9, 2014 8:52 AM

    No football fan cares if they play football in England, Sierra Leone or the Moon for that matter. The NFL pro shop is the only entity that cares.

  4. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Apr 9, 2014 8:53 AM

    American football is not going to compete with soccer in that area of the world. The NFL commish is pushing this idea but it’s a waste of time.

  5. 100uv says: Apr 9, 2014 9:00 AM

    Oh I see it now, everything is falling in place now
    ….. Ties in Europe
    ….. Families work for NFL Europe
    The NFL and their network was building the future
    All the exposure…………

  6. thestrategyexpert says: Apr 9, 2014 9:06 AM

    Finally enough teams to go around that I can get one? Send me over there with those kids so that 10 or so years from now I can brag about how my kids are better than your kids, on and off the field of course.

  7. cappy20 says: Apr 9, 2014 9:48 AM

    I might be the only one, but I kind of miss NFL Europe. Helped fill in the gap.

  8. abninf says: Apr 9, 2014 10:03 AM

    Luck should make his own logo as a “gift” to his fans.

  9. ampats says: Apr 9, 2014 10:18 AM

    Can we forget about placing a team in London or anywhere outside of North America? It makes no sense from a logistical standpoint and does anyone believe if the London franchise resembles the current Jags/Browns ( any team performing poorly) that it will be less supported than our current NFL franchises. Could be a reminder of the 1989 Patriots averaging less than 20,000 fans per game.

    Lets start a movement, Say NO to NFL franchise in London.

  10. who8mysteak says: Apr 9, 2014 2:08 PM

    87 thousand at every game is not 20 thousand!!

  11. joe.attaboy says: Apr 9, 2014 2:27 PM

    Colts moving to London!

    They’re going to be the London Colts!

    They’ve moved once in the middle of the night, so they know how to do it!

    (Now can we shut up about the Jaguars moving to London, please?)

  12. jkirby317 says: Apr 16, 2014 11:56 AM

    Best young QB in the league–by far!

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