Welcome to our UKFL Meet the Team series of Blog Posts.
Throughout these entries, we will try to give you a chance to get to know the people behind the scenes at UKFL.
We do have a Meet the Team page on our website, but that is more about why we fit into the role we have and doesn’t let you really get to know us!
You might already know some of our backgrounds and you may already know what our job title here is, but this is an opportunity to go a bit deeper. Some of the questions are the obvious ones, but we’ve tried to also throw in some fun ones – because who doesn’t want to know what Coach Rooney’s favourite food is!?
Meet the Team – Tyler Arthur
Where are you from?: Milton Keynes
Job / Background outside of UKFL:
I am a sports writer and editor, social media manager and American Football analyst. I have been working freelance since graduating two years ago, from De Montfort University, where I studied Journalism. My passion for US sports has driven me to pursue a career writing about, analysing and covering them. I joined the UKFL with the goal of combining all of my previous experiences into one role.
Role with UKFL: Social Media and Content Officer
So, what do you actually do?
I run all of the UKFL social media, plan and organise the content schedule and create most of the content itself. I write blog posts (including this one!), talk to you guys on socials and help shape the brand and personality of the league. My goal is to grow this community of awesome fans and build the fan base up while providing good content, interesting insights and a platform for British American Football fans to watch, discuss and enjoy the highest level of the sport I love that the country has to offer.
What are you most excited for with the UKFL?
I can’t wait to go to my first UKFL game and see the crowd in person. Tailgating, eating, drinking and having fun. Then watching that first kick-off and hearing the cheering and clapping and excitement for the first time. That’s when the first stage of my job is done.
Favourite NFL Team: Las Vegas Raiders
Favourite NFL players: Derek Carr, Hunter Renfrow, Darren Waller, Davante Adams.
First-ever NFL game: Seattle Seahawks @ Oakland Raiders, NFL London 2018
Favourite NFL moment: Michael Crabtree’s game-winning touchdown vs KC Chiefs – Week 7, 2017
Favourite Jersey you own: My nicest jersey is my Derek Carr colour rush, but I also love rocking my Hunter Renfrow road jersey, as it’s a niche one for one of my favourite underrated players.
First ever American Football memory / memories: Watching my first ever Super Bowl and seeing the ball get snapped over Peyton Manning’s head on the first play of the game.
American Football position (if applicable): Quarterback or Slot Receiver
American Football jersey number (if applicable): 4
American Football teams played for (if applicable): DMU Falcons
Biggest American Football achievement (where applicable): Winning the division championship with the DMU Falcons, after taking over as quarterback mid-season.
What American Football goal/target is on your Bucket List?: Attend a Las Vegas Raiders home game in Allegiant Stadium.
Top 3 Sports Ranked:
- American Football – Las Vegas Raiders (and my fantasy teams!)
- Baseball – Chicago Cubs
- Basketball – Los Angeles Lakers
Favourite Sports Movie: Moneyball
Biggest non-American Football hobby: Video Games
One fun fact about you: Despite how much I live and breathe American football, how well I can understand it, analyse it and talk about it… I only got introduced to the sport properly in late 2016! (I have a very obsessive personality).
Favourite Type of Food: Italian and Mexican
Most famous person you’ve ever met: The most famous person I’ve met is undoubtedly Ariana Grande. She also follows me on Twitter!
However, I have also had the pleasure of meeting and/or interviewing some absolutely incredible people in the NFL world throughout the last five years. The most famous of those are Aaron Donald, Christian McCaffrey, Khalil Mack, Derek Carr, Jon Gruden, Sean McVay, Nate Burleson, Ju Ju Smith-Schuster and many more. Also, shoutout to Akiem Hicks because he might be the most friendly NFL player I’ve ever met.