There’s no doubt the NFL’s popularity has grown internationally over the last few years.
The NFL’s International Series has seen games played in Mexico, Germany and the UK – and one of the most famous attendees of the NFL London Games has reinforced his desire to one day play American football.
England captain, Tottenham Hotspur’s all-time record goal scorer, and NFL superfan, Harry Kane, spoke to Good Morning America on Wednesday, and discussed how he still wants to become a kicker once his football career is over.
“It’s something I want to definitely explore,” said Kane.
“I know it will be a lot of hard work. I’m not expecting to just walk up and start kicking field goals. It would be a lot of practice, a lot of hard work.
“It’s something I’d love to do. The NFL is something I have been following for about 10 years now, and I love it, so I would love to give it a go.”
Imagine @HKane kicking the game-winning field goal 👀
— Decyfr Sport (@DecyfrSport) June 1, 2023
This follows comments Kane made in 2019 when he originally stated that playing in the NFL was something he would “definitely want to try.”
A passionate New England Patriots fan, Kane attended Super Bowl LIII in 2019, where New England defeated the Los Angeles Rams 13-3 to lift the franchise’s sixth Lombardi Trophy. England’s record goal scorer even met Tom Brady after the game, striking up a friendship with the NFL legend – who sometimes wishes him luck before big games.
Back in 2017, Kane revealed to NFL UK that his future brother-in-law introduced him to the NFL, explaining the rules. Kane also said he’d watched YouTube videos of Brady well before his NFL fandom kicked in, so when it came time to pick a team, he naturally chose the Patriots.
The England striker saw parallels between his early career and that of Brady’s – as both athletes were largely written off. Kane also claimed to have watched the 2011 documentary The Brady Six “probably five to 10 times”.
And after he was presented with a Brady jersey, Kane joked: “One day, I’ll be wearing this as a kicker for the Patriots.”
On Good Morning America, Kane spoke with Pro Football Hall of Fame defensive end Michael Strahan, but earlier this year it was Strahan that had a message for Kane.
Speaking to Decyfr ahead of Super Bowl LVII in February, Strahan congratulated Kane on becoming Tottenham’s all-time record goal scorer that month.
Hall of Fame defensive end and @GMA's @michaelstrahan tells Decyfr he has a message for @HKane – and gives a shoutout to two former teammates that @NFLUK fans may be familiar with… 👀#Decyfr #UnlockFandom #NFL #SBLVII | @OsiUmenyiora | @JasonBell33 pic.twitter.com/vvbXEHN7mi
— Decyfr Sport (@DecyfrSport) February 8, 2023
Even with his Tottenham Hotspur future up in the air, Kane seems certain that his life after English football, thanks to all his connections and love for the game, will involve the NFL and his beloved Patriots.
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