The New York Jets and chairman/CEO Woody Johnson welcomed royalty to Sunday's game at MetLife Stadium as the Crown Prince and Crown Princess of Denmark took in the Jets' 27-21 comeback victory over the San Diego Chargers.
"We were honored to host the Crown Prince and the Crown Princess," Johnson said, "and introduce them to America's favorite sport."
Johnson greeted the couple as they walked on the field during pregame warmups. They met Jets general manager Mike Tannenbaum, head coach Rex Ryan and actor Michael Douglas, posed for photos and conducted some interviews with Danish media traveling with them.
Shortly after, the Crown Prince, who was named an honorary captain for the game, accompanied the Jets game captains to midfield and was present during the opening coin toss conducted by referee Ron Winter.
The royal couple are not as unfamiliar with American football as fans here might think since they no doubt had been briefed by former kicker Morten Andersen, who is accompanying them on their current tour of the New York area. Andersen, "The Great Dane," is the NFL's all-time leading scorer after kicking with five league teams for 25 seasons.
The Crown Prince and Crown Princess of Denmark are in New York to lead a Danish export promotion titled "Creative and Healthy for Life," launched by the Consulate General of Denmark. The promotion showcases Danish healthcare solutions as well as Danish design, architecture and gastronomy.