posted on Jan, 6 2012 @ 02:29 PM
This question is in regards to American Football in the UK.
I heard on our local radio sports program this morning, that the University of Oklahoma (OU) football program is actively recuiting a kid from the UK
to play the position of Linebacker (defensive position) in American Football. i did not catch the kids name or town and have not yet found an official
story on this on the net yet.
Now I know that there is a National Football (American) Professional league in Europe. I don't follow it enough, but I know most of the players are
American's who are trying to make it in the US NFL.
Anyways, I found it interesting OU is recruiting this kid for two reasons.
1) Is there American youth leagues or High School (college I think you call it) leagues in the UK? I didn't think American Football was that popular
there. The kid would have to be very good, by US standards, I would think because:
2) The University of Oklahoma is one of the PREMIER university football teams in the history of the sport. They recurit from all over the country,
and have one of the highest winning percentages in the country. I could see a kid in the UK if he wanted to play american football going to a Junior
College, or Division II team....a kid from Europe being recruited by OU, (or USC, Alabama, Notre Dame, Ohio State, or some of our other premier teams)
to play as a scholarship player would be a great achievement or honor. I don't know if any other schools are looking at this kid (if OU is probably
someone else is or will too).
I guess my question is what is the state of American Football in the UK?? There must be a decent program somewhere for the kid to get linebacker
position skills good enough to warrent attention from a school (or schools) of that caliber of the sport.
A few links on Oklahoma Football for any of our friends across the pond if your interested.
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