While the NFL is trying to build support for a London-based team, British fans may have already chosen sides.
The Pittsburgh Steelers and Minnesota Vikings played their Week 4 matchup at Wembley Stadium in London on Sunday, and discounting jerseys from the two winless teams involved, The Wall Street Journal reports that a whopping 13.4 percent of all other jerseys at the game were New England Patriots colors.
Before that number makes Roger Goodell set up a team in the UK immediately, that 13.4 pecent only equaled 64 jerseys out of 80,000 in attendance. Not a terribly large fan section, but displaced Pats fans still outnumbered supporters of the Packers (43), Giants (32) and — sleeper pick — Dolphins (27).
Not surprisingly, Tom Brady was the most popular choice of those wearing Patriots gear. Quarterbacks in general dominated the jersey crowd, with Eli Manning and Aaron Rodgers in a tie for second. The only non-QB to crack the top five was still-injured Rob Gronkowski, who evidently endeared himself to British fans last season with his culturally-sensitive touchdown choreography.
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