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Denard Robinson: I love the London game, but a team in England could struggle

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The NFL is coming back to London this year for another installment of the international series which will see two games played at Wembley and one at Twickenham, the home of rugby in England. 

The Jacksonville Jaguars, who have basically become London's team, have played three games across the Atlantic Ocean since announcing a deal with the NFL, and will be making it number four this year as they take on the Indianapolis Colts on October 2 at Wembley.

Jaguars running back Denard Robinson was in London this week as an ambassador for the league and the Jags. GiveMeSport got to speak exclusively to Robinson, including about the NFL in London and a potential team over here.


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We caught up with Robinson at the Landmark Hotel last week and we asked him how he was finding London and his feelings towards playing a regular season game in England's capital. The Jaguars man was surprisingly open about just how much he enjoyed it. 

"I love it, man. It's an honor to play in London," Robinson exclaimed with a smile. "How can someone not love it? Who doesn't want to play in London?"

"My first time ever leaving the States was for an international game here, in Wembley and I love it. It gave me that chance and I enjoy coming back."

So, Robinson clearly loves being in London. But would a permanent London team be a success? Well, that's a different story.

"I think there could, but it would be a tough situation," Robinson stated. "There's so many different ways that it could go. You do have to really make an adjustment in order to have a team here."

One of the big problems with starting a team in London is the city's ability to draw prize free agents. This has been stated by current players and Robinson agrees that it is a stumbling block. 

"Yes. It depends. Most guys probably haven't spent that much time away from family so it would be hard for them. Some guys would get homesick. So it could be hard."

It's the same reason why a lot of Premier League football players choose not to move abroad to play in Spain, Italy, France, even America and stay in England. It's hard to uproot yourself from family and friends, even when you're a millionaire athlete.

So, for now at least, an NFL team in London will remain a pipe dream. But it could still happen someday. And who knows, maybe Denard Robinson will be one of the first names on the roster.

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