When two worlds collide the outcome is usually messy but Sport-locker.net discovered that is not always the case after attending Nike’s ‘Football meets Football’ training event at Wembley Stadium in London.
The unique training experience combined training drills specific to American Football and Association Football (soccer) as part of the ‘Suit up for Sunday’ campaign and ahead of the final 2014 NFL International Series game.
The Dallas Cowboys take on the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday 9th November and Sport-locker.net has a new appreciation for the players having been put through our paces by American Football coaches.
The early signs were bleak with the clouds over London dumping their load on Wembley Stadium. But things soon picked up as we were led into the bows of Wembley Stadium into the dressing rooms to suit up ahead of our unique training experience.
Coming from a football background it felt perfectly natural slipping on a pair of Laser Orange Nike Elastico Superfly football shoes and tackling a series of football training drills testing our control and passing combination play.
Just as we were settling into our comfort zone popping the football about like a pro, the time came to step into unexplored territory and experience what life as an American Football player is like.
The answer is intense!
The training drills demanded an incredibly fast tempo and supreme agility as we sprinted, hurdled and turned in a series of exercises designed to replicate in-game scenarios wearing a pair of Nike Free 5.0 training shoes.
Watching those accustomed to, and built for, the American game was fascinating with a dazzling blur of feet and legs combined with near balletic swivels, turns and pirouettes.
There to oversee proceedings on the night were top level professionals from both games.
Tottenham Hotspur duo Jan Vortonghen and Christian Eriksen represented the beautiful game while Jeff Heath and Barry Church of the Dallas Cowboys provided the American influence.
While Sport-locker.net may not have a future career in American Football (or soccer for that matter!), the Nike training experience was challenging, eye opening and most importantly, enjoyable.
We will certainly be tuning in on Sunday to see how the American game really should be played with a greater appreciation for the skills and the physical attributes of the players.
Nike’s ‘Football meets Football’ training event at Wembley was part of the ‘Suit up for Sunday‘ campaign and ahead of the final 2014 NFL International Series game. This Sunday the Dallas Cowboys will take on the Jacksonville Jaguars at Wembley Stadium.