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NFL afraid of playing in Mexico

According to an article published by the Pittsburgh Post Gazette, players were told it was best to keep their families at home because of the danger in Mexico City.
Pittsburgh player during a 2014 regular game. (Photo: Archive El Universal )
26/05/2015
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The NFL stop playing games in Mexico because it is "too dangerous" according to an article published by the Pittsburgh Post Gazette.

The article by Ed Bouchette reads "here's the reason they stopped playing in Mexico: The NFL deemed it too dangerous. They never said that, but Jerome Bettis (Steelers former player) told me that his parents missed only two of his games – home or away – during his 13-year Hall of Fame NFL career. Their preseason game in Tokyo in 1996 (they made it to Ireland for the game in 1997) and the 2000 game in Mexico City. Bettis told me the reason his parents did not attend the 2000 preseason game was the players were told it was best to keep their families at home because of the danger in Mexico City."

The NFL used to play an annual preseason game in Mexico – the Steelers played the Colts in Mexico City in 2000. They played a regular season game there in 2005 between Arizona and San Francisco and then stopped, even though that game drew the largest crowd in league history to that point, 103,467. 

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