Detroit Lions running back Reggie Bush missed the chance to play in London in 2008 when he got injured ahead of the New Orleans Saints victory over the San Diego Chargers at Wembley Stadium, but the British NFL fans still made quite an impression on him.
In fact, Bush has been so impressed by the NFL’s international growth that he sees a franchise in London in the near future.
Speaking to me for a feature that will run on Sky Sports during the 2014 regular season, Bush said:
“I think London will have an NFL franchise – it’s only a matter of time. There is a lot of locker room talk among NFL players and with friends I have on other teams and we all know it’s only a matter of time before an NFL team is based in London.
“I think that would be great for the sport of football. American football is an amazing sport to watch on television. It may still be foreign to some people in Europe but once they see how spectacular this game is, and not just in person but on television, they will really love it.”
Bush, who rushed for 1,006 yards last season, will be a key member of the Lions’ attack when they take on the Atlanta Falcons in London on Sunday October 26. And he will be keen to play in the British capital this time around after missing the 2008 game with a knee injury.
“I always have a soft spot in my heart for London. I’m looking forward to getting back over there and playing an exciting game at Wembley Stadium. I got hurt the week before our game in 2008 and I didn’t make the trip. I was sad at not having the chance to play in that game but this year is going to be a good one.”
Watch the full Reggie Bush interview on Sky Sports or read it in the gameday magazine sold at Wembley Stadium in October.