Written by Matthew Cannata | Twitter: @PhinManiacs
For many of the players on this Miami Dolphins roster, it was their first time playing in London. In fact, it was the first time that many of them had even been to London and just about everyone was in agreement that it was a trip and an experience that they'll never forget.
Head Coach Joe Philbin was very impressed with the hospitality they received and also thanked the people behind the scenes who have planned for the past several months to make everything run smoothly.
“First, I want to say it was a privilege to represent the National Football League over in London. This is a world-cass stadium, Wembley Stadium. Every single individual that we met since the minute we landed has been nothing but helpful. It was a tremendous experience. I also told the team in the locker room after, they’re obviously the greatest resource we have, but a lot of people behind the scenes in our organization who put the trip together just did a fantastic job. I don’t think it could have gone any smoother. I think it had a big part in how well our team played.”
Brian Hartline, who led the team with receptions and 74 yards, plans to come back on vacation to get a better glimpse of the area.
“I’m definitely coming back,” he said. “This is my first trip. This is definitely on my to-do list on more of a leisurely capacity come next summer.”
Ryan Tannehill echoed the sentiments of both Philbin and Hartline, but he was especially impressed with the stadium and the atmosphere.
“The stadium is awesome,” he said. “We saw that yesterday. We came in and had a practice here yesterday. It was really cool coming in for the first time to see the stadium. It’s a really nice stadium. And the crowd today was great. It’s kind of funny seeing all the different jerseys as you drive in. You see every NFL team’s jersey coming into the game, which is pretty cool. You don’t normally see that. So it was fun. They were a lively crowd. They got the wave going I think there in the second half. Saw that a few times. It was a good time.”
With the NFL working to have even more games in London, this probably won't be the last time these players have the opportunity to play overseas and will likely play at Wembley Stadium again within the next few years.
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