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There are a lot of logistical challenges involved in playing NFL games in London. Any team taking part in the annual tradition has to be prepared.
The Jets? They’re not leaving anything to chance. And I mean anything. They’ve been planning for this weekend’s game against the Dolphins at Wembley Stadium since they found out about it 11 months ago.
According to an excellent piece in the New York Times, Aaron Degerness and Clay Hamption, who head up the Jets’ team operations staff, made not one but two reconnaissance trips to London. During those trips, they photographed stadium facilities, toured hotels, researched industrial launderers, mapped out the precise route the team will travel through Heathrow Airport, and arranged for the hotel chef to fly to the United States to observe how team meals are prepared—because bangers and mash aint gonna fly in an NFL locker room.
Obviously, there is a ton of equipment that had to be sent over. So the Jets, along with the other five teams playing in London this year, packed everything they might need onto a cargo ship that left for London back in August.
However, we’re not just talking about extra t-shirts and rain gear and electrical converters. We’re also talking favorite condiments and 350 rolls of American toilet paper—because the British stuff was deemed too thin, and the Jets apparently have sensitive butts.
“Some may say that’s a little over the top or whatnot,” Degerness said of the toilet paper. “But it didn’t really cost that much, so why not? We’re basically trying to replicate everything that we’re doing here over there.”
Think that’s crazy? There’s more! Degerness and the Jets are even worried that they might lose players in the airport—particularly at the duty-free shops.
“It’s hard to tell the guys: ‘Don’t stop. Just keep walking,’” Degerness said. “Those are the things that keep us up at night—that we get through security, someone stops at duty free, and we leave Ryan Fitzpatrick because we didn’t know he wasn’t there.”
Oh, and did I mention that the Jets are going to collect all the players’ passports after they get through customs in London so nobody loses theirs? Because they are.
If you’ve got a few minutes, go read the New York Times piece. It’s pretty great.