In the new feature story by the sports publication, 25-year-old Kane expressed his interest in hopping over from the pitch to the gridiron when his Premier League career ends. “[The desire to play in the NFL] is real,” said the 25-year-old. “Something that in 10 or 12 years I definitely want to try.”
Although most footballers, such as David Beckham, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Steven Gerrard, move stateside to join the MLS in lieu of retirement, Kane’s affinity for the NFL stems from his friendship with New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady. The striker even has a dog named after the Super Bowl winner and was in Atlanta this past February to witness Brady winning his sixth title. “We’d kind of become friends but had never met,” Kane states, explaining how their friendship came about on social media. “It was a bit strange. I hadn’t been a fan of any team since I was young and supporting Tottenham.”
Kane also began watching videos and a documentary on Brady which he found interesting to learn about how a sixth-round draft pick became one of the greatest athletes in American sports history. Now Kane too wants to achieve that feat. “It was quite a big inspiration,” he said. “Not many people thought he’d become that good or even play in the NFL, and he went on to become the best ever. At the time, it gave me a real boost to say, look, anything is possible. If you have that self-belief and that drive and that hunger, you can do it.”
As for the position Kane is hoping for to flex just how big a sportsman he is: Kicker. “If you play in the Premier League and the World Cup and you then play in the NFL, would you then be considered one of the greatest sportsmen ever?” he challenges.
Head over to ESPN for the full interview with Harry Kane.
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