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PHOTOS: NFL’s Ed Wang Running Football Practice in Shanghai

February 25th, 2011 · 3 Comments · American Football, Education, Sports, Sports Photos

Offensive lineman Ed Wang is making an impact with local Chinese students through clinics.

Members of the Sea Dragons worked on tackling maneuvers, ball handling techniques and running drills. China’s first and only local all-Chinese American football team, comprised of primary school students in Shanghai, could have just as easily been going through a regular practice. But this time, the young football players were taking their queues from Ed Wang, the Buffalo Bills offensive lineman, and the only player in the NFL with full Chinese ancestry.

Ed Wang high fives students at the Shanghai United International School.

Wang has spent the past week traveling through Beijing and Shanghai as part of the NFL’s efforts to help educate local Chinese and expand its fan base throughout the country.

“I was expecting them to have an idea of how to play,” said Wang, after concluding a clinic at the Shanghai United International School, located in the southern part of the city. “But I am wholeheartedly impressed with just how knowledgeable they are about the different positions. The students I’ve seen enjoy the game, and they pick it up real quick.”

The 2010, fifth round draft pick says despite the fact that football seems like a foreign language to many Chinese, the primary school and university football players — the NFL has several college-level flag football teams in Beijing — he has spent time on the field with shows there is growing interest in the sport.

“They have the equipment and coaches here, China really needs more teams so they can compete,” he said. “I didn’t really start enjoying football until I was about 11-years-old. These kids are seven and eight years old. They are starting earlier. To come here and try and make an impact, it is great to see them respond so positively.”

Below are images from Wang’s clinic with the Sea Dragons (click on the images to see original sizes).

— Zachary Franklin

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  • Ixthus One

    The Shanghai United International School is on top now introducing real football to the children. Watch and learn from the best. This is history in the making. China Rocks!

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  • Memo Mata

    Hi, I’m Memo Mata. I am the Head Coach and founder of the football team. I just want to say thanks to the Wangs for coming to my school. Ed gave my kids hope for a future in the NFL. Ed was a great and humble guy and my players will remember this experience forever. If you want to see more pics of the event then you can go to my website, http://www.seadragonsfootball.com. Thanks

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  • Memo Mata

    I also wanted to say that I love American Football so much, that I went out and I spent over 30,000 RMB of my money to buy 25 sets of gear. It was worth it to see my players play in full gear with Ed Wang!

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