There are more than 30,000 Chinese children under age 12 who regularly take part in organized youth football training programs, and by 2020 that number is expected to exceed 120,000. More and more young Chinese people are now growing up around the game.
125 enthusiastic boys and girls from ages 6 to 12 are guided through throwing and catching fundamentals on the morning before the Ambassadors Bowl in Lokomotiv Stadium by Penn coaches and players.
Priore said that it was amazing and so powerful.
The Patriots are the most popular team in China, according to Young but Brady is not the only NFL player who have visited China. Russell Wilson also traveled there twice, including in 2017, the same year which the football opportunities are raved by Brady in China. Hall of Famers Jerry Rice, Barry Sanders and Joe Montana have held clinics.
Brady said that it would be great to grow this kind of sport. He added that he was sure the NFL has to do a lot of things in order to make the trip over there for the teams which took obviously a big commitment to make
Besides, Young was more measured, saying that the NFL wants to build a long-term strategy rather than focusing on one historic contest. The NFL would be honored to stage one in China even though there is no timetable for a game. Young said that they wanted to have the foundation of the sport growth. They here for hundreds of years, not for five years or 10 years.
American football is expected to be a leading sport in China for the next decade, and in 2007 it was believed that a preseason game between Seattle Seahawks and Patriots was held in China by the NFL and the Los Angeles Rams almost played against San Francisco 49ers during a 2018 season game in China.