Tottenham Hotspur Stadium looks incredible in NFL mode with star wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr hailing the facilities as ‘better than back home’

2 Jul

The Tottenham Hotspur Stadium is the first purpose built NFL stadium outside of America and we have been given our first glimpses of what it will look like for the London Games in October.

It has a retractable pitch that will be used specially for gridiron matches and tickets for the two encounters were snapped up quickly by eager fans.

The Tottenham Hotspur Stadium ready for the NFL

NFL UK has posted a video on its social media pages showing how amazing the £1billion arena looks.

There are shots of how the synthetic turf will look on match day along with the stunning locker rooms that the teams will use.

The NFL Academy trial is being held at the stadium for a special showcase with plenty of NFL royalty in attendance.

NFL superstar Odell Beckham Jr has been at the stadium and speaking to the hopefuls as he gears up for the new season with the Cleveland Browns following his blockbuster trade from the New York Giants.

Beckham was impressed with the facilities on offer as he gave a guided tour of the enormous locker rooms.

He said: “OBJ here at the new Tottenham Spurs Stadium and I’m the first NFL player to check it out.

“There’s way more space. It is a big locker room. I won’t lie to you. It’s very nice though. It’s better than the facilities we have back home to be honest with you or at least the ones I’ve been in.

“Hopefully in the next year or so we get to play here. I was actually upset I was hurt for the game in London.

“I would love to come out here and put on a show.”

The first match NFL match to be played at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium will be between the Chicago Bears vs Oakland Raiders on October 6 followed by Carolina Panthers vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers on October 13.

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster is also in London to help promote the academy.

NFL Academy is set to open in September 2019.

The Tottenham Hotspur Stadium will host two NFL games in October

It will offer student athletes between the ages of 16 and 18 the opportunity to combine education with life skills and intensive training in the sport under full-time professional coaches.

It will be based at Barnet and Southgate College in North London.

A number of present and former NFL stars have pledged to support the academy in an ambassadorial role.

These include Jay Ajayi, London-born two-time Super Bowl winner Osi Umenyiora and London raised Efe Obade, who is currently with the Carolina Panthers.

Current NFL MVP Patrick Mahomes, Odell Beckham Jr and JuJu Smith-Schuster have also pledged their support along with NFL Hall of Famer Jerry Rice and Jason Bell.

Kyler Murray: Oklahoma quarterback taken first overall by Arizona Cardinals in 2019 NFL draft

26 Apr

Kyler Murray became the first man to be picked in the first round of both the NFL and MLB drafts.

The quarterback out of Oklahoma was taken first overall by the Arizona Cardinals in the early hours of Friday morning.

Kyler Murray was the number one overall pick in the 2019 NFL draft

Speculation had been growing for weeks that the Cards would select the Heisman Trophy winner as their number one pick despite trading up last year’s draft to get Josh Rosen in the number 10 spot.

Murray was selected ninth overall in the 2018 MLB draft by the Oakland Athletics but continued with football at Oklahoma where he became a star quarterback.

Murray won the Heisman Trophy as Oklahoma’s quarterback

He passed for more than 4,000 yards with 42 touchdowns and rushed for 1,000 yards with another 12 scores.

Questions had been raised about his height and that his 5ft 10 statue would hold him back from being an NFL quarterback.

His multi-sport talent is undeniable and could be a star of the future for the Cardinals who are looking to turn their fortunes around under new head coach Kliff Kingsbury.

If he ever wants to return to baseball in the future, the A’s will retain his rights.

It is the second year in a row that the Oklahoma Sooners have had their quarterback taken as the first overall selection in the NFL draft.

Baker Mayfield, who also won the Heisman Trophy that year, was picked by the Cleveland Browns.

Baker Mayfield was the number one selection in last year’s draft

Three quarterbacks were taken in round one of the 2019 NFL draft with the New York Giants surprising a lot of people by taking Duke’s Daniel Jones with the sixth overall selection.

Many analysts and experts did not see Jones going in the first round let alone in the top 10.

The Washington Redskins hope they have found their franchise quarterback after picking up Dwayne Haskins at 15th spot.

Dwayne Haskins was drafted by the Washington Redskins

The Ohio State Buckeyes man was seen by some as the top passer in this class but slipped down the board.

The Redskins are in desperate need of their signal caller of the future with Alex Smith still recovering from a serious leg injury and journeyman Case Keenum being signed as a temporary fix.

Edge rusher Nick Bosa, also from Ohio State, was the second overall pick as he was selected by the San Francisco 49ers while the New York Jets picked up Quinnen Williams, from Alabama, at three.

The New York Giants traded Odell Beckham Jr to the Cleveland Browns in the off-season

As part of the Giants trading Odell Beckham Jr to the Cleveland Browns they got their first round pick and decided to take Clemson defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence, despite passing on top prospects higher up.

The Giants then traded back up the board to take cornerback Deandre Baker, from Georgia, at number 30.

Reigning Super Bowl champions, the New England Patriots, picked up wide receiver N’Keal Harry with the final selection of the first round.

The second and third rounds of this year’s draft take place on Friday.