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Q&A with British Super Bowl star Jay Ajayi

Flagging up the Super Bowl: Ajayi

The 25-year-old Londoner rushed for 57 yards as the Philadelphia Eagles beat New England 41-33 in last year’s NFL showpiece. Now the Patriots face the LA Rams in Atlanta on Sunday

What was your best moment of last year’s memorable win?

The whole pre-game, knowing it was the Super Bowl, was a very exciting and electric environment. Then that feeling [at the end] when that clock hit zero. Those moments were very special, as well as seeing my family in the stands and on the field.

You waved a Union Jack in victory, was that planned?

There were some UK people there and they gave me the flag and I took it to represent the UK and all of that. It was another pretty cool moment.

How do you think Sunday’s Super Bowl will pan out?

I’m not sure who’s going to win. I’m pulling for the Rams, though, because I’ve got all my [ex-Miami] Dolphins [team-mates] there and [running back] Todd Gurley is one of my close friends along with some other guys on the Rams team. I’m rooting for those guys. But the Patriots and Tom Brady are not going to want to lose back-to-back, so it’s going be tough to beat them and [coach Bill] Belichick.

Can you really treat the Super Bowl like any other game?

To be honest you can because you know the game is the main focus. There’s a lot of crazy stuff going on, a lot of media attention. The players, though, don’t want to talk. We don’t care about all the media stuff, it’s just about getting ready and getting the game over with. All the other extras are just for the fans. You tell your family, ‘don’t bother me, I’m just focusing on getting a Super Bowl trophy’. That’s what it’s all about.

Has winning the Super Bowl changed your life?

I’m a Super Bowl champion. I can add that to my legacy. It hasn’t drastically changed me, I’m still the same person, but now I want to win more.

You’re a lifelong Arsenal fan. Are you aware a lot of Gunners supporters don’t want the Rams to win? They feel Stan Kroenke, who owns both clubs, hasn’t invested enough in players at the Emirates.

Yeah I can see the relation for sure. I can definitely see that.

How will Rams players in their first Super Bowl feel, facing elite players like Brady and Rob Gronkowski?

It’s not about that though. It’s about you. That’s the mentality [you have to have]. They are on the same field for one game. That’s how you look at it. Play the game and don’t worry about everything else.

Super Bowl LIII will be live on BBC One and Sky Sports USA this Sunday from 11:30pm