British defensive end Jack Crawford has insisted the Dallas Cowboys are fired up about their Wembley experience this weekend and will be playing with “a sense of urgency” after suffering back to back losses.
Crawford, who hails from London and played college football at Penn State before going on to an NFL career with the Oakland Raiders and now the Cowboys, is going to enjoy every second of playing the Jacksonville Jaguars at Wembley Stadium this Sunday.
Speaking exclusively to BritViewNFL, the British defender said:
“It’s going to be a special day and I will take a moment – most probably during the national anthems – to realise just what a great experience this will be. But I also know I have to be focused and that we have a job to do and that is to win this game.
“Things were going really well when we were on a six-game winning streak but we know who we are and we are still a very good football team. This has not been a normal week given how many ticket requests I have received from friends, but it is going to be fun – I never could have imagined in my wildest dreams playing American football at Wembley Stadium. I don’t even remember going there as a kid growing up in London so it is going to be special.”
Crawford will be the third Brit to play at Wembley Stadium in an International Series game this season, following in the footsteps of Oakland offensive tackle Menelik Watson and Atlanta Falcons defensive end Osi Umenyiora.
“The sport of American football started out as a cult but it has really grown,” Crawford concluded. “It is great to be a part of that growth by playing a regular season game in London.”