Minnesota Vikings’ Adam Thielen surprised by UK fans’ love for the NFL

Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Adam Thielen is still surprised at the extent to which Brits have become true American football fans.

The 32-year-old has appeared on three NFL tours in London and capped his most recent visit on Sunday with a 28-25 win over the New Orleans Saints at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

It makes him one of the few players to have made the trip to all three venues in the league’s 15-year history in the capital, all wins for Minnesota. It’s not something he takes lightly.

“Hell yes, that means a lot to me,” he said. “I’ve seen all three stadiums, my freshman year I was on the training team so I didn’t play but it always feels good to come here and get a win and what a great fan base, what a great venue.

“I think there is a great opportunity to expand this game. I really think it’s the best game out there. I love football slash soccer, but it just feels like American football, so there’s something to it. You saw it here today.

“It’s physical, it’s fun, it’s exciting, there’s a lot happening, there’s a lot of excitement and it just keeps you going, so I’m hoping that we can continue to take it to other countries and to this country because I have.” feeling like every time I come here it’s usually four or five years apart and I think the game has grown so much.

“People really get it. You expect something like, ‘Do you know anything about football?’ and they’ll say, ‘Yeah, I grew up with American football, I played American football,’ that’s pretty cool.”

Thielen, who had eight catches from nine goals for 72 yards on Sunday, made his first trip to London with the Vikings team, which defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers 34-27 at Wembley in 2013, and continued that trip in 2017 with a 33-16 fort victory over the Cleveland Browns at Twickenham.

Sunday’s competition, the 100th international game in NFL history, was played in front of a crowd of 60,639 and was arguably the most exciting of Thielen’s trips across the pond.

Minnesota scored a touchdown early in the first quarter and extended their lead to 13-7 by halftime.

But Saints rallied with a touchdown and conversion in the third and took the lead for the first time with a Taysom Hill touchdown and a two-point conversion at 9:29 in the fourth quarter to make it 22-19.

The Vikings secured another six points with a three-yard touchdown from Justin Jefferson (10 catches on 13 goals for 147 yards), but Greg Joseph, who hit a perfect five-for-five field goal in the afternoon, missed the point One point conversion.

The error, which was quickly revealed, was when Wil Lutz blasted a 60-yard field goal through the posts – the second longest in Saints history – to level the procedure with 25 points less than two minutes left.

Minnesota responded with a field goal of their own, and Lutz’s final field goal attempt, this time from 61 yards, bounced painfully off the post and then the crossbar to give the Vikings the win.

“I thought they were both in,” Lutz said. “I hit them both on the screws. I played them right there. The ball will move a little to the left. And the second moved just a little more to the left. So shocked it didn’t jump in.

“Not every game will obviously go your way. It’s not the start of the season I’d like. I take one at a time each week and I didn’t have “this week” thoughts. I thought I kicked the ball well today. But yes, I wanted to give that kick to the team. We needed a win today and that’s pretty frustrating.”

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