Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett has told BritViewNFL.com that running out of the tunnel at Wembley Stadium during the 2014 NFL season was one of the best experiences of his professional career.
Garrett’s Cowboys played the Jacksonville Jaguars at Wembley Stadium on Remembrance Sunday (November 9) and romped to a 31-17 win.
Looking back at his time in London, Garrett said:
“It was such a great week for us and we talked about it a lot when we got back. For us to spend a week together in one of the great cities of the world and to practice and live together was really unique.
“And then we had the chance to play at Wembley Stadium and I’ll never forget the moment coming out of the tunnel. We’ve come out of a lot of tunnels but just the visual of looking up and seeing the grand stadium that it is and to experience that atmosphere, it was just unbelievable.
“With the poppies and the national anthems, everything about the atmosphere was just something else. It was very memorable to all of us.”
The team with the stars on its helmets certainly saw its star performers show up at Wembley Stadium in Week 10 of the 2014 campaign. Quarterback Tony Romo completed 20 of 27 passes for 246 yards and three touchdowns, DeMarco Murray rushed for an even 100 yards and Dez Bryant caught six first half passes for 158 yards and two touchdowns.
So after such a positive experience in the UK, would Garrett recommend playing in London to other NFL coaches?
“Absolutely,” he stressed.
“I wouldn’t hesitate one bit on that. We’ve got to find a way to keep growing these games.”
Three international series games will be played in London in 2015 with the possibility of four or more in 2016, according to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. And there is still speculation of a franchise being based in London in the not-too-distant future.
So how would Garrett feel about a London NFL franchise?
“The challenge is logistics and how you work that out, whether you’re over there permanently or just go over there to play the games, but I thought the travel was fine,” the former NFL quarterback explained.
“Everything about the trip was really, really good for us.
“There are a lot of NFL fans in the UK and they really love the game. It’s incumbent upon us to get people in the UK learning even more about this sport because it is a great game.”