The idea of the National Football League putting a team in London has been a widely talked about one for some time now, but as Jack Crawford recently pointed out, there are still some major questions about the practicality of having a team across the pond.
The Cowboys’ defensive end grew up in London, and recently discussed the NFL’s interest in placing a team there with The Guardian.
While Crawford seems to believe the NFL is going in that direction, he has questions about how good the development would be for the players—who would be charged with moving to another country across an ocean from their families and friends, while going through a transition (from college to the pros) that would be difficult anywhere.
"You have a kid who grew up in Mississippi, or Texas, or Alabama, or anywhere and now he's drafted and shipped off to London,” Crawford said. “The culture shock can play a big part. It definitely would be a challenge bringing a franchise here.
“At the same time, I don't know if we're that far from that point.”