To mark the end of the 2015 International Series, RealSport are presenting two teams made up of the best players and performances that we’ve seen on British shores – the All-Wembley team, and the All-International Series teams. The All-Wembley team is made up of the best all-time players to have played at Wembley during the International Series. The All-International Series team is made up of the players who have given the best performances during International Series games. Enjoy!
Check out the All-International Series defense here! For the last eight years, we’ve welcomed some of the best teams in the league to our fair isle, to play at one of the best stadiums in the world; and on those teams have been some truly brilliant players some players who’ve produced absolutely world class performances. Having analysed the stats from all 14 International Series games to date, I’ve selected 11 offensive players (a quarterback, two running backs, two wide receivers, a tight end and an overall offensive line) for the All-International Series offense. Rest assured, some decisions were harder than others!
Tom Brady (New England 2009, 2012)
Pretty much a bolton for this team. With seven touchdowns and more than 600 passing yards across his two appearances in London in 2009 and 2012, Brady’s future Hall of Fame status was certainly never threatened by a trip across the pond.
Matt Forte, Chicago Bears (2011)
Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings (2013)
The leading rusher in the history of the International Series, Matt Forte ran for 145 yards against Tampa Bay in 2011, including a 32yard dash through a clutch of Bucs defenders for the opening score of the game. All Day ran for 140 yards on just 23 carries against Pittsburgh in 2013, setting the International Series record for most yards per attempt (6.1). His two touchdowns – including one for 60 yards – set the tone for a 34–27 victory.
Dez Bryant, Dallas Cowboys (2014)
Brandon Lloyd, Denver Broncos (2010)
Dez only made six catches against Jacksonville in 2014, but with touchdowns of 35 and 68 yards, he certainly made them count, ending up with a total of 158 yards. It was his best performance of the season, one that might make him wish he played at Wembley more often. It took until late in the 4th quarter for Brandon Lloyd to get into the end zone as his Denver side lost 24–16 to San Francisco in 2010, but his 169 receiving yards were integral to keeping the score respectable. A 71yard catch in the 3rd quarter set up Tim Tebow for a 1yard score.
Rob Gronkowski, New England Patriots (2012)
In an outstanding tight end display, Gronk picked up 146 yards on just 8 catches, including two touchdowns, as New England routed St. Louis 45–7 in 2012. Add to that a ‘changing of the guard’ celebration and you’ve got one of the most memorable performances in the history of the International Series.
Dallas Cowboys (2014)
The key to offensive line play is teamwork, which is why I’ve picked an overall line rather than individuals, and the best overall performance was by Dallas’ Oline against Jacksonville in 2014. Giving up just one sack and four tackles for loss, the line set the platform for DeMarco Murray and Joseph Randle to rush for a combined 156 yards, as well as a 246yard, threetouchdown performance from quarterback Tony Romo.