Dolphins owner Wayne Huizenga treated the first NFL regular-season game played outside of North America as a landmark event.
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While the quality of play was forgettable, the atmosphere was anything but. Giants long snapper Zak DeOssie, along with Manning one of two players still active with the Giants, recalls seeing a smorgasbord of jerseys representing all 32 teams, it seemed.
It was incredible, DeOssie said. At the time, I was just doing punt snaps, but I’ve never seen a crowd so excited for field goals and kickoffs. Lawrence Tynes (the Giants’ place-kicker and born in Scotland) felt like a superstar. I think the crowd was more excited for kickoffs than touchdowns.
Gerald Hodges Jersey Then-Dolphins defensive coordinator Dom Capers, now with the Green Bay Packers, said Huizenga flew out all the wives and families of the coaches and rented out the Tower of London for a team party.
Wayne went overboard and treated it almost like a Super Bowl, Capers said.
Benedetto told the court one firm even touted itself as being able to coach former players on how to take neurological tests to get inaccurate results to qualify them for payments.
The settlement, which took effect in January, resolved thousands of lawsuits that accused the NFL of hiding what it knew about the risks of repeated concussions.
It covers retired players who develop Lou Gehrig’s disease, dementia or other neurological problems believed to be caused by concussions suffered during their pro careers, with awards as high as $5 million for the most serious cases. Participants had to register by Aug. 7, and Seeger told the court Tuesday that over 20,000 had registered by the deadline.