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Bengals OT would quit if on London team

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09:24 PM ET 06.06 | Andrew Whitworth, the Cincinnati Bengals offensive tackle who has a plan in place if he were to end up on a team that played home games in Europe. "I would hope that I was financially able to quit," Whitworth said, according to the team's official website. "That's what I would hope because if I was, my papers would be the first one in." Whitworth doesn't think he's alone. As a connected guy -- Whitworth's the Bengals representative for the NFL Players Association -- he might know. "I don't see that a lot of guys would want to do that," he said. "I don't see any players that would enjoy that. Sure, you may find a handful of guys that say, 'Oh hey, that'd be cool,' but the rest of them wouldn't."

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June 6, 2013  10:04 PM ET

Coming from him? that's hurtful.

Hell! I would! Fish and chips sounds ok by me, Picadilly Circus and London square, The Queens Palace ,Double level busses, Big Ben [the clock]. drive all the roads on the wrong lane ,The pubs[ ,throwing darts at 88 mph.] Museums etc.. what's not ta like?

Andrew will be retired ,and will be watching ,the London games as well.

June 6, 2013  10:36 PM ET

@EZ, sure it's a great place to visit but would you really want to live there?

June 7, 2013  12:11 AM ET

What happens if a player gets into legal trouble over there...? DUI, Public Intox, Assault, Rape, etc. Every team in the NFL has 1 or more players who get into one of those charges every year. Here the player has the ability to bail out and deal with it after the season. Our legal system has become corrupted far enough that nothing is for certain. Will it work the same way there.

Remember, this isn't a sport that European's even like. The preponderance of the attendee's to the previous games have been ex-pats and military.

June 7, 2013  12:16 AM ET

Hell, I'm from London and I don't mind saying it ain't all that!

...we are proud of our fish and chips, however. Try Toffs if you're there.

June 7, 2013  12:18 AM ET

How is a team in London supposed to compete at the highest possible level with that kind of travel schedule. Take two equal teams and put one overseas and tell me which one comes out on top.

This is just another example of the NFL's bullheaded arrogance. Makes no sense whatsoever from any angle other than $$$.

You always hear Robert Kraft as a proponent of this kind of move but has he offered to set it in motion by volunteering to bring the Patriots across the Atlantic? HA. At least there would be a remote chance of the locals giving the slightest **** as opposed to sending a team like the Jags. If they dont have the chance to throw beers at Tebow what else could they possibly see in 8 stinking home teams.

Let's not even mention what would happen when teams like San Diego would have to go play a road game in London. Clearly, this has been thoroughly thought through at the head office.

June 7, 2013  12:19 AM ET

home games *

June 7, 2013  04:09 AM ET

So, the guy prefers Cincinnati over London. What an absolute moron.

June 7, 2013  04:12 AM ET

The guy has been playing in the NFL for 8 years and he is still not "financially able" to quit? WTF is he doing with all his money?

June 7, 2013  08:52 AM ET

It's not that he prefers Cincinnati over London, it's that he'd have to endure flights countless flights to the US and pay taxes in both the UK and US. And eight years of NFL doesn't guarantee he has money for life. The medical expenses they incur alone can financially ruin some players.

June 7, 2013  08:54 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

pay taxes in both the UK and US.

No taxation without representation!!

June 7, 2013  09:55 AM ET
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How is a team in London supposed to compete at the highest possible level with that kind of travel schedule. Take two equal teams and put one overseas and tell me which one comes out on top.This is just another example of the NFL's bullheaded arrogance. Makes no sense whatsoever from any angle other than $$$. You always hear Robert Kraft as a proponent of this kind of move but has he offered to set it in motion by volunteering to bring the Patriots across the Atlantic? HA. At least there would be a remote chance of the locals giving the slightest **** as opposed to sending a team like the Jags. If they dont have the chance to throw beers at Tebow what else could they possibly see in 8 stinking home teams.Let's not even mention what would happen when teams like San Diego would have to go play a road game in London. Clearly, this has been thoroughly thought through at the head office.

Hmmm, the Patriots invading London, that could get interesting.....

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