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.
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!
@luoldeng9 Appreciate it. Still remember what you said when I was younger. Trying to do for England in football what you do for basketball
Menelik Watson, who has emerged as an unlikely new British star in American football, will embark on his professional career in Oakland.
As a record number of Brits enter the NFL draft, we take a look at the British players who have succeeded stateside over the years.
Discus thrower Lawrence Okoye has never played American football before, but is among three Brits who could turn pro by joining an NFL team.