Fans flood London’s Regent Street for NFL festival

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Thousands of football fans thronged one of Europe’s largest shopping districts, which was closed off for the event. Instead of designer clothing worn out of high-end stores, a sea of NFL jerseys inundated the half-mile stretch of road. In fact, in just a short time, it was possible to see fans wearing gear from all 32 NFL teams.

Those fans entertained themselves by throwing, catching and kicking footballs at NFL Experience stations dotted along the street. Younger British children tried their hand at playing football for the first time, while Raiderette cheerleaders showing off their moves halted traffic entirely. The main draw for the fans was the NFL stage, which featured interviews with a handful of Hall of Famers, including Rod Woodson, Bob Griese and Fred Biletnikoff, some of the stars from both teams playing at Wembley and a surprise guest in the form of former Miami quarterback Dan Marino.

Raiders quarterback Derek Carr implored local fans to be loud at Wembley on Sunday as the Raidersattempt to create a Black Hole-type experience at their temporary home.

“We are excited to go out and play in front of the fans here,” Carr said. “This is our home game, and we want it to be loud.”

The biggest cheer of the afternoon was reserved for Marino, though. With many fans in attendance sporting his aqua No. 13 jersey, the Hall of Fame quarterback recalled playing in London during his NFL career in a 1988 preseason matchup with the 49ers.

 

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