The NFL will honor Queen Elizabeth II in tonight’s season opener between the LA Rams and the Buffalo Bills.
It was announced today that the longest reigning monarch in UK history has died at the age of 96.
It is reported that there will be a minute’s silence before the game at SoFi Stadium to commemorate the monarch.
NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport said, “Prior to tonight’s Rams-Bills game, the NFL will have a moment of silence to acknowledge the death of Queen Elizabeth II.”
The NFL will host three games in London this year as American football grows in popularity in the UK.
And NFL UK have issued a heartfelt statement in the wake of the Queen’s sudden death.
It read: “Everyone at NFL UK is deeply saddened by the passing of Her Majesty The Queen, Elizabeth II.
“Our thoughts and deepest sympathy are with the Royal Family.
“We join all those who mourn the loss of Her Majesty.”
While New York Jets owner Woody Johnson paid his own tribute on Thursday afternoon after Buckingham Palace broke the news.
He wrote: “Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II was the embodiment of dignity and grace, and served longer than any monarch in British history.
“I had the honor and privilege of meeting her and spending time with her that I will forever cherish.
“My condolences to the Royal Family at this sad time.”
And the Pro Football Hall of Fame shared an image from the archives of Queen Elizabeth attending a college game between Maryland and UNC in 1957.
They captioned the picture: “We join the world in sending our condolences to the Royal Family on the death of Queen Elizabeth II.
“On her first visit to the United States as Queen in 1957, she first experienced American football at a game between @TerpsFootball & @UNCFootball.”
Sporting events across the UK are set to be postponed this weekend as football teams Manchester Utd and Arsenal observe a minute’s silence ahead of their Europa League games tonight.
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