As part of the NFL’s initiative to expand its worldwide coverage, a handful of regular-season games have been hosted in various countries – predominantly in England – for the past few seasons. For the 2017 season, the league added an extra game to the NFL International Series, capping those events with the Week 11 clash between the New England Patriots and the Oakland Raiders set to be played in Mexico City. The games played outside the United States have been met with huge success, with tickets selling out quick and huge returns from merchandise sales. Unfortunately, that success has come at the expense of teams and players having to adjust to more unconventional schedules given the lengthier travel time. One such player who has felt the weight of the more daunting schedule is Los Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley. Here’s what the former Offensive Rookie of the Year had to say when asked about whether or not he had gotten accustomed to playing in international games, via ESPN’s Alden Gonzalez: “Terrible… They need to stop this, all this stuff. This London, this Mexico City stuff, it needs to stop.” The Rams played one of their home games in London last season, and are also scheduled for trips back to British soil in the next two years.
Todd Gurley on international games: “It needs to stop”
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