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October 24, 2013

Jason Garrett fondly remembers his last trip to London for a preseason game

Jason Garrett was a backup quarterback with the Cowboys the last time America's Team went to London for a game. That year, 1993, it was a preseason game against the Lions that ended in a 13-13 tie.

The NFL announced Thursday that the Cowboys will play Jacksonville in London in a regular-season game next season.

"It’s pretty exciting," Garrett said Thursday. "Obviously, the NFL is trying to get a presence over there. I think that’s great for everybody. Certainly, there is a world-wide appeal of the National Football League, and no better place than London, England. We did play a preseason game there many years ago. It was a very memorable game. I think we played Detroit, if I’m not mistaken, and it ended in a tie. So, fond memories of Wembley Stadium."

The Cowboys also played a preseason game in London in 1986. They have played nine preseason games outside the U.S., the last coming in 2001 against the Raiders in Mexico City.

The Cowboys have never played a regular-season game outside the U.S.

"I’ve been involved in a lot of preseason games to where we played in Mexico or England or Toronto or Japan and all those things, but again, those were preseason games," Garrett said. "I think you have to ask the teams that have been over there, and we’ll do that. Ask the teams that have been over there for the regular-season games, how they prepared, the logistics of things. I know some teams are going over early; some teams are going over later. Try to work thought all of those logistics to give ourselves a chance to play our best."

-- Charean Williams

 

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