Ndamukong Suh believes NFL has a chance of success in London
Suh, a defensive tackle for the Miami Dolphins, has twice appeared in NFL action in the UK, with Wembley and latterly Twickenham having hosted in total 17 regular season games in London.
And now the 30-year-old believes players would be willing to relocate to England if a team were to move there permanently in the coming years.
“A London franchise would be an opportunity with the younger generation,” Suh said.
Ndamukong Suh has twice played NFL games in London
“You’ve got people and players in the league who have come from all over the world, like Jay Ajayi from London
“It’s not a big deal for guys to adjust to the move somewhere like London to work, have fun and enjoy this great city. In the short-term the logistics are the toughest thing.
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“To move families all the way over here and get used to it may be a little bit of a hassle.
“But I think over time, once they’ve got over the logistics and things, it won’t be too bad.
“It’s usually a six or eight hour flight depending on where you’re coming from and leaving Miami to go to Seattle for a game is six or seven hours so it’s not too bad.”
Suh first appeared in London for the Detroit Lions when they beat the Atlanta Falcons in 2014 at Wembley.
And he returned to the same stadium 12 months later with his new team – the Dolphins – only to go down 27-14 to the New York Giants.
However, Suh reckons that the sell-out crowds always make London as special place to play, irrespective of the result.
Ndamukong Suh has embraced London life in his short time in the UK
“It’s definitely a different atmosphere over here,” Suh added.
“At Miami, we’ve got a ton of fans over here which is great – but it’s a little tougher for people who want to travel with their teams.
“But overall I enjoy my experience over here every single time.
“I’m 1-1 here – so next year against the New Orleans Saints I want to make it 2-1!”
***Ndamukong Suh was attending the NFL Super Bowl LI party ahead of tonight’s Super Bowl, which will see the New England Patriots face the Atlanta Falcons in Houston this Sunday. You can catch all of the action from 11.20pm on BBC One or Sky Sports 1 from 10.00pm, with kick-off at 11.30pm.***