It’s not just NFL higher-ups who believe the sport should be expanded over the pond.
In an interview with BritviewNFL.com’s Neil Reynolds, Raiders running back Maurice Jones-Drew opined that London deserves a full-time franchise.
“You know what? I think they deserve one,” Jones-Drew said, via NFL.com. “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?,” he continued. “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.”
Similar sentiments were shared by Jones-Drew’s teammate, quarterback Matt Schaub.
“Absolutely,” Schaub said of an NFL team in London. “I think that is definitely in the future.”
Schaub will play his first career overseas game on Sept. 28, when the Raiders take on the Dolphins at Wembley Stadium. It will be one of three contests being held in London in 2014, as the league continues to build its brand internationally.
While both players’ comments are sure to be well-received overseas, the logistics of placing an NFL team there — as Jones-Drew touched on — remain the biggest reason why it likely won’t materialize anytime soon.