Brits fly the flag in camp


From a British point of view, there wouldn’t normally be too much significance in two NFL teams holding a combined training camp workout more than 6,000 miles away on the west coast of America.

But something pretty special has taken place in Oxnard, California, over the past two days as the Dallas Cowboys and Oakland Raiders have worked together ahead of the new NFL season.

On the field at the Marriott Residence Inn about a 90-minute drive north of Los Angeles has been three very proud Brits in Oakland Raiders offensive tackle Menelik Watson, Raiders defensive end Jack Crawford and Cowboys intern coach Aden Durde.

Durde said:

“It has been really cool to get together with Menelik and Jack. I think it really shows the growth of the game internationally, and especially in the United Kingdom, when you can say there are three British guys working on the same field with two of the most iconic organisations in NFL history.”

We got all three proud Brits together after practice on Wednesday for a nice group photo.


Watson is about to embark on his second season with the Silver and Black, while Crawford is heading into his third year. London Warriors defensive coordinator Durde has been working with the Cowboys secondary throughout the summer and has drawn praise from head coach Jason Garrett.

While we’re celebrating our three British success stories, we could actually claim four! Raiders senior offensive assistant and former NFL head coach Al Saunders was born and raised in London and is very proud of his British roots.

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