NFL Wembley: Cameron Wake wants weekly Wembley games
By Paul Higham Twitter: @SportsPaulH. Last Updated: 18/07/14 10:01am
Cameron Wake of Miami Dolphins during the NFL Media Day at Wembley
Miami Dolphins defensive end Cameron Wake says playing at Wembley is now one of the big highlights for NFL players, as he vowed his team would be a force this season after getting over the Richie Incognito affair.
The Dolphins will face the Oakland Raiders at Wembley on September 28 in another momentous year for the sport in the UK with three regular season games taking place in London.
Miami lost to the New York Giants in the first International Series game back in 2007, and since then it has gone from strength to strength.
Three-time Pro Bowler Wake is relishing the chance to suit up at Wembley in September, saying that the game is now one of the ones circled on the calendar of NFL players at the start of each season.
“A couple of the guys who were on the squad have spoken about how they enjoyed coming over here getting a new audience and hopefully broaden some of the views of American football for a new set of fans,” Wake said the NFL UK Media Day at Wembley.
Many are behind a team being based in London in the future, but Wake is more of the opinion that it should become a part of the weekly NFL schedule in the years to come.
“Hopefully we can make it a weekly thing,” he added. “At the beginning of the season the guys always look forward to a few games, the Hall of Fame game, primetime, Monday night, Thursday night and being part of the International Series.
“So as a Dolphin this year being selected to have the team come over here was something I’m very excited about and I can speak for the other guys on the team in the locker room who feel the same way.”
Miami spent big last off-season but finished 8-8 after a year marred by the scandal of Richie Incognito, who was suspended and has now left Miami, bullying team-mate Jonathan Martin.
Wake has never had any problems behind the scenes with Incognito though, who is now a free agent and trying to find a new team to take a chance on him.
“As a football player, obviously he’s a good football player, for me from personal experience he was a good team-mate I never had anything against the guy,” Wake said of Incognito.
“It’s tough when you have guys that you play beside but who are now not on the team, but you just let the chips fall where they may and hopefully the guy gets the chance to play football again.”
Wake was keen to point out that the Incognito affair has not ruined the locker room atmosphere, and that the Dolphins would be a tight-knit group for the upcoming campaign.
“It’s always been a happy camp for us, in the locker room we’ve always been kind of a brotherhood, we’re always stand behind each other and that’s kind of the way it’s been this last few seasons.
“This season didn’t go exactly how we wanted it to but if you look at this off-season we had 99 percent attendance for voluntary minicamps and OTAs so I think that speaks to the mindset of the team.”