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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Brits signed up by NFL teams

Manchester-born Menelik Watson has been selected by the Oakland Raiders in the second round of the 2013 NFL Draft. Lawrence Okoye remained undrafted but later announced that he had signed with the San Francisco 49ers as a free agent.