American football stars send special video message to Harrogate boy who missed London match

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A young Jacksonville Jaguars fan from Harrogate was given a birthday present to remember by the team after having his dream trip to see his team play at Wembley cruelly cancelled.

Kallum Shaw, 11, had been bought a ticket to see his favourite team play in London for his birthday but his train from Leeds to London on Sunday for the game at Wembley Stadium was cancelled in Grantham after leaving Leeds.

His father Jason tweeted the team’s UK Twitter feed @JaguarsUK to make the team aware of their terrible luck.

The Jaguars, who consider the UK as their second home having agreed to play one home game a season here from 2013 until at least 2020, clicked into action to help rescue Kallum’s birthday. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell even got in touch.

And following the team’s 30-27 win over the Indianapolis Colts @JaguarsUK responded to Jason with a video.

Jason, a coach at Leeds Academy of American Football, said: “The response from the Jaguars, the NFL and the Twitter community has been amazing.

“I tweeted our disappointment hoping for a little shout out for Kallum, I didn’t expect the Commissioner to try to get in touch personally and for the Jags UK to put together that awesome video.

“He’s still bouncing off the walls with excitement!”

Kallum added: “I was really disappointed that the train got cancelled when we were half way to London, and I felt really sorry for the cows that got hit.

“The tickets were for my birthday and I thought my present was gone, then the Jags tweeted my dad that video and I was so excited!

“All my teammates at the Assassins (Leeds Academy of American Football) went crazy when they saw it.

“I definitely think the Jaguars are the best team in the world!”