There has always been a healthy respect between American football players and their soccer counterparts, with many NFL quarterbacks and receivers starting their athletic journeys as college footballers, before being scouted by NCAA teams. and the NFL.
Although few football players have ever played a serious game of American Football, many of them are starting to get the American Game Virus, especially as more and more NFL regular season games are held in London and that many NFL franchise owners also buy football. clubs in Europe and around the world.
Here we detail some of the Serie A stars past and present who have been huge NFL fans for some time, with many attending games in person or even hosting a or two Super Bowl parties.
It makes sense to start things off with one of America’s Serie A cohorts, in the form of Juventus superstar Weston McKennie. The forward was the very first American to sign for the Old Lady, and she hasn’t regretted her decision, even offering McKennie a permanent contract in 2021.
Along with his offensive prowess and flair, McKennie also spreads his love for American football within the Turin football fraternity and is known for throwing a Super Bowl party for his teammates when he was plying his trade in Bundesliga at Schalke. It’s unclear if he’s done the same for the Juventus side, but it looks like it’s just a matter of time.
This mercurial Swedish striker is still on the books at Milan and still appears on the weekly odds lines despite being one of the oldest players in Europe. He has long made it known that if he were so inclined, he would be just as popular with oddsmakers and NFL sports bettors as he has been in professional football. He made that clear during an interview while at LA Galaxy, in which he insisted he would only bow out in the NFL if he could play with Tom Brady. Sure, current NFL betting odds are unlikely to feature either Ibra or Brady, especially as the latter recently announced his retirement from the game, but that might not stop the big Swede from inviting the quarterback to San Siro in the future.
There’s something about Roma managers enjoying the gladiatorial nature of the Super Bowl and the NFL in general. Old Giallorossi Boss Luciano Spalletti took inspiration from the 2017 Super Bowl to show his proteges that anything is possible. Indeed, Tom Brady and Co had overturned a seemingly insurmountable 25-point deficit to beat the Atlanta Falcons.
The Portuguese is Roma’s current gaffer, and just like Spalletti, he’s in the grip of the momentum changes that can come in an NFL game. He became particularly drawn to American football during his time in the Premier League, when he visited NFL regular season games which were held at both Wembley and the new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
Ronaldo is so present in the world of sport that he has transcended football to become a globally recognized celebrity. This once led to Johnny Manziel recreating the forward’s goal celebration after the quarterback threw a touchdown.
The former Juventus star also got in on the act of supporting the Super Bowl. In 2018 he changed profile pictures on his social media feedsto show him wearing an American football outfit in an NFL locker room.