Jacksonville Jaguars back in 'second home' with Academy in London
By Max Mathews
Last Updated: 13/07/19 7:20am
With the new NFL season less than two months away, the Jacksonville Jaguars are back at their second home in the UK.
The Jags, owned by Fulham owner Shahid Khan, are holding a three-day training camp in west London for the fourth year running, giving NFL enthusiasts between 18-35 the opportunity to be coached by their heroes.
Pulling on the pads and helmet alongside around 120 players at the Academy at Brunel University in Uxbridge was former England rugby star Lewis 'Mad Dog' Moody.
The 71-cap ex-England flanker said: "It's completely unique. There are Super Bowl Champions, Pro Bowlers and Hall of Famers teaching amateur players who've watched them growing up.
"It's an unbelievable experience and you can only thank the Jaguars for putting it on."
The Florida-based franchise returns to Wembley for a seventh time on November 3 against the Houston Texans and will hope new quarterback and 2017 Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles will inspire them this campaign.
Meanwhile, 150 teenagers took part in the final trials at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium last week for the NFL Academy to be launched in September, as part of the NFL's newest scheme to explad American football's popularity across the pond.