NFL London needs to happen. Because…David Beckham.


David Beckham

I have to say, when I first heard NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell’s plan to expand to London, it seemed absurd. Football is an American sport. And I’m about as ethnocentric as they come.

But, I do love the Brits.

They gave us David Beckham. And Hugh Grant. And Burberry. And Def Leppard (I know. Just appreciate my 80’s upbringing). And then there’s British humor…don’t even start me.

Did I say Hugh Grant? And David Beckham?

Plus, London took Madonna off our hands. That arse. Surely, we owe them a debt of gratitude for that.

I never realized how many NFL fans there were in the United Kingdom until I got on Twitter. Some of the most passionate and loyal fans of American football hail from across the pond. And if you think Monday Night Football is late on East Coast time, try watching it on London time…where it’s five hours ahead. That’s dedication, people. And that’s a bugger of a football hangover.

And then, there’s the possibility that someone could recruit British soccer and pop culture star David Beckham into the NFL. Wouldn’t that be something?! He could kick. Or punt. Or snap. Or just stand on the sideline and look pretty. The full monty. He can do it. Clothed, of course. Or not. Either way, he’s the bee’s knees.

The NFL Dream Team: David Beckham and Reggie Bush. The two shot a promo prior to Beckham's stint with the LA Galaxy. (Photo: Reuters)

The NFL Dream Team: David Beckham and Reggie Bush. Beckham got a lesson in American football after signing with the LA Galaxy in 2007.
(Photo: Reuters)

Forget Tim Tebow…the Jacksonville Jaguars need David Beckham! Hell, many teams could use Beckham. Just, please…not the Patriots. Brady and Becks is way too much posh for one team. Pretty soon, they’ll be doing manis and pedis in the locker room. Bill Belichick will have heart failure. And their wives would never get along.

We can’t share the best sport in the world with a country we call our BFF?  Come on! The Vikings can win in London, so you already know they’re in favor.

The United States is supposed to stand for freedom, opportunity, and all that’s good in the world. And American football is one of those things. We can’t leave our former mother country watching…soccer. That’s just bloody inhumane.

Also, I’m not done using British phrases.

Cheerio, mates.

I know. I will stop.


Crushing: On David Beckham

Last Friday I felt a strange surge I couldn’t explain.  I wondered if we had another little earthquake.  It didn’t really cross my mind again until I saw it for myself (five hours later, thanks to NBC’s tape delayed broadcast).  But now I’m sure.  It was the collective gasp, then sigh of women around the world, when one soccer playing Brit captivated our attention and stole our hearts for a beat…

David Beckham.  In a suit.  Driving a speedboat.  Need I say more?  Certainly not, but I should.  Also on board, the Olympic torch, which he drove up the River Thames into the poor East London neighborhood he grew up in.  In a real life James Bond moment, Bond (I mean Becks) seamlessly arrived at the dock and transferred the torch to…some British athlete…simultaneously lighting up a dark and forgotten corner of the city and hearts around the world.  Women hearts.  Mostly.

Was there ever anything more suave and debonaire?  Will there ever be?  Becks and his Olympic speedboat driving actually inspired a weekly column in Pigskin ‘N Pearls.  So, let’s here it for…Becks, the inaugural Crushing feature, and the Olympics.  David Beckham may not win gold, as he was unexpectedly left off the British football squad.  Shame on them!  But he won our hearts as a football player (I know, wrong kind, but still…), underwear model, and now as British spy/Olympic speedboat captain.

Best of all, Beckham re-signed with the LA Galaxy (American Pro Soccer team) this year, saying his family is happiest living across the pond.  He told Britain’s Mail Online, “We love living in America.  We’ve adapted to the culture and everything the country has.”  Freedom…and Becks.  Now we really have it all!  US-2, GB-0.

I would like to dedicate this premier column to my sister, Jenny…who I know agrees.