LONDON FOG: They came to London in all shapes and sizes. Many are rugby players, several are weightlifters, some have tried football before. A few carried old uniforms in grocery bags.
They ran sprints and pass routes, trying to prove their potential to become European pioneers of a game known on this soccer-mad continent as "gridiron" or "American football."
The lucky ones will be selected by teams in the World League of American Football, which is scheduled to kick off next spring with 10 clubs, three in Europe, seven in North America.
"It's my last shot. It's the last hurrah," said Tony Campbell, a janitor who plays tailback and wide receiver for an amateur team in London.
Among the 50 players who tried out in a cold drizzle was James Morris, a wideout cut by the Falcons during training camp. He was an all-American triple jumper at Nebraska.
Operation Discovery, the WLAF's effort to find athletes in other sports and convert them to football, already has netted four track and field athletes from eastern Germany. "I handed them a football and you would have thought it was a three-week-old baby. They didn't know what to do with it," said former Broncos coach John Ralston, who is leading the WLAF's search for international talent.
FLORIDA STUFF: The Dolphins placed WR Fred Banks (broke left foot in practice) and S Bobby Harden (hamstring) on injured reserve and signed WRs Dennis McKinnon and James Pruitt. . . .
WR Terry Anthony was put on Buccaneers' 47-man roster.