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In The Closet: Martin Johnson

August 26, 2008

Welcome to In The Closet, our periodic series dedicated to outing American Football fans here in the UK.

The first in our series is England Rugby’s world cup winning captain – and now team manager – Martin Johnson.

Here at P.A.P. we have a suspicion that despite all his success as a back row forward, Johnson would secretly have been happier strapping on pads to play football.

Evidence comes in the form of last year’s Matt Hampson bowl between Leicester Panthers and Loughborough Aces, when Panthers fans were no doubt elated to see the huge figure of Johnson kitted and lining up at defensive end. The Loughborough offensive line were less happy…

Johnson has talked about his love for the game in interviews past, and worked as an analyst for ITV during Super Bowl XLI. He is a 49ers fan – and has even trained with the team – but then no-one’s perfect.

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