The uncle of Crawley-born NFL newcomer Tom Wort has revealed that the Kansas City Chiefs also wanted to sign the British prodigy.
The 22-year-old was snapped up by the Tennessee Titans as a free agent on Sunday (April 28) after being overlooked in this weekend’s NFL Draft.
Tom, a former pupil at Ifield’s St Margaret’s CofE Primary and Ifield Community College, left for America aged 14 when his dad Brian moved out there for work.
His uncle John Wort, 50, says Tom and his family are over the moon that will be playing at American football’s highest level, having been playing college football for the Oklahoma Sooners since 2009.
And he revealed that Tom chose to sign for the Titans after a last-minute tussle for his services with the Kansas City Chiefs.
John added: “Tom’s ideal move would have been to the Oakland Raiders or the New England Patriots, which is where he used to live.
“But it’s a funny old game and you have to sort of take what you get.”
Although Tom is stepping up a level, John says he is unlikely to be fazed by the pressure.
John, of Green Lane, Northgate, added: “College football is absolutely massive in the States. At Oklahoma he was playing in front of an average crowd of 84,000 people.
“He’s also had lots of exposure from the media. One of his biggest fans was four-time Superbowl winner Matt Millen, who commentates for ESPN.”