The NFL is once again talking about possibly putting a franchise in London. But you can miss Bengals offensive tackle Andrew Whitworth with all that talk. Whitworth—who is Cincinnati's player rep for the NFL Players Association—recently said that he would rather quit playing in the NFL than play for a team positioned overseas.
"I would hope that I was financially able to quit," he said. "That's what I would hope because if I was my papers would be the first one in."
And he doesn't think he's the only NFL player who feels that way.
"I don't see that a lot of guys would want to do that," he revealed. "I don't see any players that would enjoy that. Sure, you may find a handful of guys that say, 'Oh, hey, that'd be cool,' but the rest of them wouldn't."
Damn. Is London really that bad, guys? It obviously wouldn't be ideal if the team was flying back and forth over the Atlantic Ocean every single week. But we're sure that the NFL would come up with a schedule that wouldn't put the London franchise at a disadvantage.
At any rate, NFL expansion into London is coming at some time in the future. So players like Whitworth better either get used to the idea or start filling out their retirement papers now.