London-born Jay Ajayi's Wembley homecoming turned into a disaster as his Miami Dolphins were crushed 20-0 by New Orleans Saints.
It moves the Dolphins to a 1-2 record after a second straight loss, compounded by the embarrassment of failing to register a single point in the capital.
The result leaves Miami bottom of the AFC East Conference after three games.
Earlier in the day, lifelong Arsenal fan Ajayi got to meet his hero Thierry Henry, who came pitch side before the game got underway.
However, things turned sour as the four quarters unfolded, affecting the 24-year-old so much that he couldn't hide his emotion.
Ajayi, born in Hackney, was pictured in tears after the result, with over 84,000 fans inside Wembley to see it all unfold, while he was restricted to just 46 yards.
"It's extremely frustrating. In three games we haven't scored enough points," he said after the game.
"We need to have some pride in ourselves and have some respect for ourselves and put some points on the board."
While clearly bitterly disappointed and hurt by the outcome, Ajayi was able to reflect on his trip back home, and being able to visit his relatives.
However, he commented that the main mission was to get the win, so ultimately it was far from the perfect return to his hometown.
"It was a good trip. I got to see my family, but this game was the main objective of the trip," he stated.
"Regardless of anything I did the last couple days this was the primary objective to get a win and we didn't do that.
"Everyone needs to be held accountable on our offence because we're not doing what we need to do and we need to figure it out."
Three of the Dolphins players - Kenny Stills, Julius Thomas and Michael Thomas - took a knee during the national anthem, in spite of President Trump's calls for any NFL player doing so to be sacked.
Drew Brees threw two touchdowns for the Saints to secure a very comfortable win, taking them to 2-2 for the season.