Jay Ajayi is looking to bag his first victory in London when the Philadelphia Eagles travel to the UK in October. Ajayi was on the losing end of two NFL fixtures at Wembley Stadium during his time with the Miami Dolphins, and has admitted that he is “due for a win” on UK soil.
The NFL’s recent trips across the pond have been a resounding success, giving UK audiences the opportunity to see some of the NFL’s biggest franchises, and allowing the league to gain further exposure outside of the US.
Running back Jay Ajayi has been involved in two UK tours over the last few seasons, losing to the New York Jets in 2015, and New Orleans Saints in 2017. Yet much has changed for the 25-year-old over the last six months.
Having been snapped up by the Philadelphia Eagles last October, Londoner Ajayi will return to his hometown as a Super Bowl champion – a Super Bowl in which he played a significant role for the Eagles, rushing for 57 yards in their 41-33 victory over the New England Patriots, and Ajayi is hoping his positive end to the season will continue when the Eagles arrive at Wembley Stadium on October 28.
“Yeah, there’s going to be a great atmosphere this year,” said Ajayi
“This will be my third time coming to Wembley. I’ve lost the last two, so I’m due for a win. It’s time.
“I think it will be a special time and obviously, we are playing against a great team in the Jags. That’s kind of London’s team and here, I think the atmosphere will be special.”
The Jaguars narrowly missed out on facing the Eagles in the Super Bowl, following a 24-20 defeat to the Patriots in the AFC Championship match, and Ajayi is expecting a tough game in London.
“Yeah, they have a great defense,” said Ajayi. “They do a lot of things well, a lot of great pieces on there.
“But I’m excited about that challenge and I’m excited about the team that I’m on and us being able to rise to that.”