Originally posted on NESN.com  |  Last updated 10/26/12
The NFL's annual trip to London has become less a football game and more a diplomatic mission in an effort to globalize the game and make players like Tom Brady as popular across the pond as they are here in the states. This will be the second time that Brady and the Patriots have made the pilgrimage to England, bringing their fast-paced version of football to a country that loves another fast-paced game by the same name. "I hope it continues to grow and that's why we're here," said Brady in a press conference on Friday. "We're here to kind of be ambassadors for the NFL and I think the players understand that. The players are excited about that." Culturally, America has become almost as football-obsessed as England is soccer-obsessed. Much like any other movement, the growth of football in England will have to begin at the youth level, something Brady understands. "Growing up as a kid we played two-hand touch which I'm sure all the American kids do," said Brady. "Football is a bit unique to America. But, there's a lot that goes into American football with the rules and the equipment and the amount of players that you need and referees. "There's the team element to this game and structure of the game and scheme of the game is so critical to our success. ... Every single guy has an important role and unless that person does that role then it doesn't usually end up being a good play." As far as the other major sport in England, rugby, Brady believes his skill set would not do him well in the physical, pad-free game. "I have a lot of respect for those guys. They are some tough guys," said Brady. "It wouldn't be my type of game where you have to run fast. I’m lucky enough to be in a situation where I kind of stand there and throw to the fast guys." The Patriots are fortunate enough to have plenty of fast guys for Brady to throw to. With any luck, the fast guys will help the Patriots put on a show that makes this ambassadorial trip to England a productive one for the NFL. Photo via Facebook/New England Patriots

This article first appeared on NESN.com and was syndicated with permission.

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