19th October 2018

Last week in the NFL, the Oakland Raiders took on the Seattle Seahawks at a rain-sodden Wembley Stadium in London. The Seahawks ran out 27-3 winners to take them to 3-3 for the season so far, with quarterback Russell Wilson throwing for 222 yards and three touchdowns. The game is one of three this year to come to our shores to promote the game of American Football in Britain.

With the NFL seemingly growing every day here in the UK, the University of Creative Arts (UCA) in Farnham featured Sunday’s game on their daily 4pm online news roundup. Sportscaster Will Stubley invited the Knights to have their say on the growth of the game, and defensive lineman Ben Blundell was more than happy to contribute.

Speaking about the potential for a franchise here in Britain, Blundell said “I think that it’s a fantastic idea. I really think that it would help to grow the sport in this country. There are three games this year that are played at Wembley, and I think it would be massive for the NFL and sport of American Football to have a franchise in England potentially.”

Speaking about the effect the overall growth of the game is having on the Farnham Knights, Blundell told Stubley that a number of players are attracted to the club because of the quality of the coaching staff, “Our (head) coach actually played on the practice squad for the Green Bay Packers, who are a huge club and have won the Vince Lombardi Trophy (the Super Bowl) a number of times.”

On what sort of person can play American Football Blundell commented, “It’s so amazing that there’s so many different positions for different shapes and sizes. I’m a bigger guy and I play on the defensive line, there are some bigger guys than me that play on the offensive line, there are small, nimble players that play on the defence, it really is so inclusive that you can get anyone involved and that’s why I love this sport.”

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