The NFL and Their Premier League Counterparts: Football Both Sides of the Pond

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Chad Ochocino: Legendary Wide Receiver. Aspiring Right Midfielder.

In March 2011, with the NFL embroiled in labour disputes, Chad Ochocinco, a Cincinnati Bengals player (now with the New England Patriots), embarked upon a childhood dream to use his feet rather than his hands. 

The six-time Pro Bowl wide receiver seemed willing but unpolished during a week-long tryout with the Major League Soccer outfit Sporting Kansas City, ultimately failing to impress.

Despite being nothing more than a public relations experiment, perhaps inspired by USA goalkeeper Tony Meola’s tryout with the New York Jets a few weeks after the 1994 World Cup, Ochocinco’s fleeting involvement with a round rather than an oval football however, illustrates an unquestionable meshing of sport cultures that simply begs to be compared. 

Although competing in incredibly diverse environments, both teams and players of the NFL possess noticeably similar styles, attributes and ambitions with their sphere-kicking brothers—none more so than the English Premier League. 

Maybe, as Ochocinco almost proved, we are not far away from cross-sport transfers; it doesn’t take much imagination to picture Nemanja Vidic donning the traditional shoulder pads and joyously accepting the prospect of being rewarded for mercilessly throwing opponents to the ground, whilst the nimble figure and raw speed of Theo Walcott coupled with Pepe Reina’s throwing accuracy would terrify defenders across the league.

A mouthwatering, albeit totally impossible, conception. 

However, in the meantime, since the NFL is pushing to schedule more games in England, and with a growing American interest in the English version of football, it is fitting to draw a relationship between two major leagues that command the sports markets either side of the Atlantic. 

With the NFL about to begin its 91st season and the EPL in full swing, here is a collection of disturbingly similar themes between the two. The list includes NFL teams, players and a manager that will have hit the headlines for differing reasons come 2012, matched, with their most appropriate Premier League counterparts.

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