Tampa, FL – Over the past month NFL Europe has held its training camp in the Tampa Bay area, concluding this past weekend with game condition scrimmages at the University of Tampa. More than 350 professional football players from all 32 NFL teams and more than a dozen countries are auditioning for roster spots, as this league is the ultimate platform for players to showcase their talents in hopes of one day suiting up in the NFL.
“We are extremely excited to be in Tampa,” said Mike Chan, Director of NFL Europe, “The beautiful Tampa weather elevates the quality of play, which in turn allows the scouts a very good opportunity to evaluate.” Teams have practiced on a daily basis at Bay area high school facilities, and have had four open-to-the-public scrimmage sessions, in which all six NFL Europe teams participated.
The NFL Europe staff has been terrific with the Tampa Bay area community, allowing Boys and Girls Clubs, along with similar organizations, opportunities to be involved with the scrimmages, and meet some of the players. Football has gained popularity in the Bay area over the past few years, and that point was compounded by the tremendous fan turnout at all four scrimmages.