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25 signs you’re an Irish NFL fan

From an addiction to coffee and learning the rules thorough Madden, you know what we’re talking about.

1. You’ve at least one friend who supports the Pittsburgh Steelers because they’re owned by the Rooney family

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2. This is how you feel every Tuesday for 17 weeks after staying up for the late Sunday and Monday night games

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3. You tweet @SkySportsNFL every Sunday to complain about Cecil and/or Neil Reynolds

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4. You get ridiculously happy when you meet any other NFL fan here

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5. And you follow just about every other Irish NFL fan on Twitter

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6. You’ve genuinely considered how good Ronan O’Gara could have been as a kicker

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7. When you go to a game you wear your team’s jersey whether they’re playing or not

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8. Coffee is a food group

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9. You’ve given that speech from Any Given Sunday before a GAA football match to motivate the lads

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10. You learned all the rules of the game by playing Madden

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11. Having seen Christian Hackenberg at the Croke Park Classic you know he’s going to make it in the league when he declares

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12. You’ve accidentally made the touchdown signal after seeing your team score in another sport

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13. You’ve made Thanksgiving dinner for your mates because of the sheer joy of being able to watch Thursday football at a reasonable hour

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14. You’ve never, ever heard a rugby fan decry football as ‘not a real sport’ because of the padding. That never happens

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15. You hoped JJ Watt was serious when he said he wanted to take Jamie Heaslip’s spot on the Irish rugby team

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16. In quieter moments you’ve wondered what an Irish NFL franchise might be called. The Irish Rain anyone?

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17. You’ve experienced the frustration of your local switching over to the Spanish football at 7pm on a Sunday evening

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18. Which is why you don’t mind the terrible beer in sports bars, they’ll definitely show the NFL

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19. You only chose to support your team based on the city you spent your J1 summer in

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20. But being a few thousand miles away doesn’t mean you don’t also hate their rivals

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21. You’ve played Junior B hurling with at least one guy who reminded you of the Fridge

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22. And often been tempted to do this in your friend’s house while watching a game

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23. You’ve an irrational affinity for players like Joey Harrington who’ve any sort of connection to Ireland

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24. And because of that you’re going to keep a close eye on Patrick Murray this year

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25. But most of all, just like American NFL fans, you’re just glad football is back

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What have we missed? Loads obviously. Let us know in the comments below.

A version of this article first appeared on in September 2013.

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