THE mascot has landed… NFL style.
On a day at Wembley fuelled with controversy the Jacksonville Jaguars’ furry friend hit the ground running when lowered into the famous stadium.
Jaxson de Ville, as the Jaguars’ mascot is known, claims to have held the title of ‘Self Proclaimed Greatest Mascot to Ever Breathe Air.’
“It’s science, you can’t argue with it,” he argues.
This inter-active friend descended from the London skies before the Jaguars’ clash with the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday afternoon.
Jaxson is certainly distinctive, some may say even distinguished.
His tunic is yellow with teal patches. He wears sunglasses, a Jaguars’ jersey, long shorts, and black and teal sneakers.
The back of his jersey is typical: it reads ‘Jaxson’ with his number 00 but the front has a paw print.
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Sometimes he wears other outfits, such as a large military field uniform when brought on to the field in a military jeep
Jaxson finds other creative ways to enter the stadium: using a zip wire to bungee jump off the stadium lights or sliding down a rope from the scoreboard.
He is rarely seen without his motorised scooter and can sometimes be seen driving a golf cart.
Anyway, he received a terrific reception at Wembley as the capital once more warmed to their NFL visitors.
Also before kick-off more than 20 players defied Donald Trump to kneel during the US national anthem.
Players from both teams, plus Ravens’ legends Ray Lewis and Terrell Suggs, took a knee and locked arms as the Star Spangled Banner was played.
US president Trump sparked outrage this weekend when he told a crowd in Alabama that players who kneel or protest during the national anthem should be “fired”.
His comments refer to a string of protests by NFL players to highlight racial injustice and police brutality in America.
The game, incidentally, was the first of four regular-season games in London this season.
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