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Houston Texans coach collapses in front of 70,000 fans

Houston Texans coach Gary Kubiak has been taken to hospital after collapsing in front of 70,000 fans at halftime during the National Football League home game against the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday, the team said.

Houston Texans coach Gary Kubiak has been taken to hospital after collapsing in front of 70,000 fans.
Houston Texans coach Gary Kubiak has been taken to hospital after collapsing in front of 70,000 fans. Credit: PA

The 52-year-old hunched over and dropped to his knees as he was leaving the field. He was taken away on a stretcher and rushed to a Houston hospital.

"He is conscious and his family is with him," the Houston Texans said in a statement.

The team told local reporters he did not have a heart attack.

Praise for British athletes joining NFL football

The Olympic British basketball star and Chicago Bull's player Luol Deng is just one of many athletes who have taken to Twitter to express their delight that Menelik Watson and Laurence Okoye have made the transition to American football.

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Just heard @menelikwatson71 has been drafted into the NFL. This kid was a man child at my camps in the UK. Congrats man, very proud of you!

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@luoldeng9 Appreciate it. Still remember what you said when I was younger. Trying to do for England in football what you do for basketball

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Lawrence Okoye signs with the San Francisco 49ers

Lawrence Okoye competing at London 2012
Lawrence Okoye competing at London 2012. Credit: Marius Becker/DPA/Press Association Images

Lawrence Okoye has signed with five-time Super Bowl champions the San Francisco 49ers, despite remaining undrafted by the end of this week's NFL Draft.

Okoye announced the news that he would be joining the team as an undrafted free agent via his Twitter account.

British linebacker Tom Wort was also not drafted.

Read more: Menelik Watson begins dream NFL move in California

Manchester-born Menelik Watson selected in NFL draft

Manchester-born Menelik Watson's NFL career is about to begin.
Manchester-born Menelik Watson's NFL career is about to begin. Credit: Simon Cooper/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Manchester-born Menelik Watson has been selected by the Oakland Raiders in the second round of the 2013 NFL Draft.

Read: Manchester's Menelik Watson made to wait in NFL Draft

Read: British sports stars who have made it in America

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Sussex sportsman's teenage dream to play NFL

Completing the British trio is 22-year-old Tom Wort from harboured dreams of joining the NFL as a teenager in Crawley, West Sussex.

  • He moved with his family to the US at 14, eventually settling in Texas where he began excelling in the high school leagues
  • Wort has gone on to enjoy a good career in the college leagues at the University of Oklahoma and is tipped as an outside chance to land a contract with a professional team

The first round of this year's NFL Draft takes place at New York's Radio City Music Hall, with subsequent rounds taking place across the following days

Manchester's Menelik Watson made to wait in NFL Draft

Manchester-born Menelik Watson has not been selected in the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft. Watson, who overcame an impoverished childhood in Longsight was expected to be taken on the opening day of three at New York's Radio City Music Hall.

The NFL Draft lasts for three days
The NFL Draft lasts for three days Credit: Reuters

But, the offensive tackle, from Florida State, will now have to wait until tomorrow when his name will almost certainly be called in round two.

While not being snaffled at this stage may be something of a disappointment, a second-round berth would still be a considerable achievement for someone who did not know the sport's rules two years ago.

Manchester-born NFL hopeful awaits decision

Manchester-born Menelik Watson was a newcomer to American football just two years ago, but has since earned serious pedigree in the sport.

  • A move to the NFL will complete a dramatic turnaround for the 24-year-old, who saw his hopes of making a living playing the British brand of football end with a nasty ankle injury in his teens
  • Watson also tried his hand at basketball and boxing, before a scout spotted the potential for him to use his powerful 6ft 6in and 22-stone frame in American football in 2011.
  • The experience was an instant success and after excelling in his single season at Florida State University, Watson has been deemed ready to embark on a highly-lucrative professional career.
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