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Interview: Uche Nwaneri
The Jacksonville Jaguars guard talks to The American's Josh Modaberi
The Jacksonville Jaguars are going to be making London their second home over the next three years playing four regular season games at Wembley Stadium starting October 27 against San Francisco 49ers. Uche Nwaneri has been with the Jaguars for seven years and he thinks this is a positive move not only for the team but for the city of Jacksonville.
"I really feel as though coming over to London for the next few years is going to benefit our city a lot, and it's going to benefit the Jaguars a lot," Nwaneri continued. "With Shahid Khan purchasing Fulham Football club it creates a direct connection to London. Hopefully we will have fans from London come over to Jacksonville, see our city, see the Jaguars, and it will definitely create a level of familiarity and I think it will help to extend our fan base."
Nwaneri gave us an insight to what type of owner Shahid Khan is.
. "Mr. Khan is a very cool owner. He's really easy to talk to, very approachable, but at the same time he's a businessman and there's a level of professionalism that he expects from every.
"He's obviously not afraid to put resources towards improving the environment of a franchise and that's what he's done with the Jaguars in the two years that he has been the owner.
"He's changed our uniforms, he's changed our locker room and he is changing our stadium. I really wouldn't expect less from his purchase of Fulham. I think he will do everything he can to improve whatever he feels needs to be raised up a notch, that's just the kind of owner he is. He really looks to give the players and the coaches the best environment possible."
The Jaguars last reached the play-offs in 2007 and last season finished the season with a dismal 2-14 record. So what are the team's goals for the upcoming campaign?
"Coach Bradley preaches competition," The 29 year-old guard said. "He preaches raising the bar each day, getting better, and that is how the Jaguars as a team will approach each and every day. We go into practice with that mentality: get better, raise the bar, and as a player personally that's part of my philosophy. Those things will lead to more personal accolades down the road.
"As a team putting that kind of effort and preparation into your daily work, your craft, you will see the results. It doesn't necessarily happen overnight, but being able to come out, prepare ourselves, work hard, compete relentlessly every day - that will allow us to reach bigger goals.
"I feel like that process is starting now. The fans in London will see that this season and they will continue to see it over the next four years."
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