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American Football is still very much a niche sport in the UK.  Up until a couple of years ago, I only had a passing interest in this very American sport.  But the tide is slowly turning, with a 154% rise in TV viewers since 2007, when the NFL decided to host 1 regular season game per year at Wembley stadium.  Thanks to growing media attention, even the most casual of sports fans will have some idea of what the Super Bowl is, and who the best players in the NFL are.  Even gossip magazine readers may be familiar with Tom Brady & Reggie Bush, due to their romantic links with Gisele Bunchen and Kim Kardashian respectively.

Tom Brady, New England Patriots

Don’t worry, the purpose of this article isn’t to teaching you all the rules of NFL, I will leave that the ‘Jocks’.  You are likely to hear a lot about the NFL in the media within the next two weeks, as the Super Bowl Sunday is on 5th February, so here are 5 essential facts to help you understand what it all means.

1. The Super Bowl is the culmination of the NFL season with the two best teams facing each other.  Think of it as like the FA Cup final of the American Football world.

2. Super Bowl Sunday is more than just a game in the USA, it’s a national treasure.  It draws 80-90 million viewers in America alone, and over 100 million worldwide- making it the 2nd most watched sports event next to the World Cup Final.

3. During the Half time interval, there is an extravagant show featuring a variety of acts.  The most famous show featured Janet Jackson exposing her bejewelled right breast and this year will feature Madonna, Nicki Minaj, and the Cirque Du Soleil.

4. The two teams contesting the Vince Lombardi Trophy are the New England Patriots & New York Giants.  These teams last met in the 2008 Super Bowl, where the New York Giants won 17-14.  The star players to look out for are Tom Brady of the Patriots, and Eli Manning of the Giants.

5. Super Bowl XLVI will kick off at 11.30pm GMT on Sky Sports and will finish at approximately 3.30am, so may be an idea to stock up on the coffee and energy drinks.

Eli Manning, New York Giants

If you want to witness American Football live without taking a plane across the Atlantic, the NFL comes to Wembley Stadium on Sunday 28th October 2012.  For ticket information, visit

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