As the NFL continues to try and build its brand overseas, the slate of NFL games that are played in London each season grows. This year there are four games scheduled to take place in London, the Raiders vs Bears game is being played for the first time in the new Tottenham Hotspur stadium.
As a lead-up to this year’s games, each team playing in London this year will be sending an ambassador the first week of July to represent them for the NFL Academy. For the Raiders that will be linebacker Tahir Whitehead.
The NFL Academy is a program that gives as many at 80 aspiring young American football players the chance to develop their skills and knowledge of the game. Alongside elite coaching, athletes will study courses of their choice at Barnet and Southgate College in London.
There are two events that will take place July 2 and 3 at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
NFL Academy Final Trials: NFL UK will launch their life-changing NFL Academy on July 2 at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium with final trials taking place from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. This is also the first opportunity to see the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium’s NFL field, as well as the dedicated NFL locker rooms and other NFL facilities. Full list of players on-site below.
UK NFL Flag National Championship and NFL London Games Media Day: The UK’s NFL Flag Championship featuring qualifying teams from around the UK will take place at the stadium on July 3 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. The winning team will compete at Pro Bowl in January. Additionally, NFL UK is hosting a Media Day featuring one player from each of the eight teams playing in London in 2019 available for interviews.
PLAYERS IN ATTENDANCE:
NFL Academy Ambassador Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster
NFL Academy Ambassador Carolina Panthers defensive end Efe Obada
Two-time Super Bowl winner Osi Umenyiora and Jason Bell, presenters of BBC’s The NFL Show
Players from the NFL Player Pathway program, including Buffalo Bills running back Christian Wade
Players from the NFL teams playing in the NFL London Games in 2019
- CAROLINA PANTHERS: Mario Addison, Defensive End
- CHICAGO BEARS: Akiem Hicks, Defensive Tackle
- CINCINNATI BENGALS: Giovani Bernard, Running Back
- HOUSTON TEXANS: Johnathan Joseph, Cornerback
- JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS: DJ Chark, Wide Receiver
- LOS ANGELES RAMS: Samson Ebukam, Linebacker
- OAKLAND RAIDERS: Tahir Whitehead, Linebacker
- TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS: Cameron Brate, Tight End