Jay Ajayi couldn’t hold back his emotions ahead of his historic appearance at Wembley Stadium.
The Dolphins running back on Sunday became the first London-born skill position player to take the field for an international NFL game in Miami’s matchup against the Saints.
“Having local heroes has always been something we see as a key part of growing the sport,” Mark Waller, the NFL’s executive vice president for international, told NFL.com. “Jay’s success has given us a player who gains national media attention and can create headlines through scoring TDs in a way that a lineman, for example, can never achieve.
“He is someone we can use as a success story when talking to young British athletes about the potential of taking up our sport.”
Ajayi, who moved to the United States at age seven, also shared a special moment with his childhood hero as he hugged retired footballer Thierry Henry before the game.
Roethlisberger said Brown’s attitude didn’t set a good example for young players and undermines his “superhuman” talent.
“AB is the best receiver in the world, maybe one of the best to ever play the game,” Roethlisberger told 93.7. “I’d like to think him and I together may be one of the best quarterback-wide receiver combos to ever play the game. I don’t know he needs to react that way. He’s superhuman on the football field, and when that happens, it almost brings him back to being a mere mortal, if you will. Because it gets in his head and it just messes with all of us a little bit. … I’m not trying to call AB out. I just think this is causing a distraction that none of us really Cheap Jerseys Shop need.”
Coach Mike Tomlin said at his weekly news conference that he didn’t see the sequence but heard about it afterward and hopes Brown makes the proper Cheap Jerseys US adjustments.