Daily Sports Smile: NFL safety Malcolm Jenkins invests in Premier League soccer club

New Orleans Saints strong safety Malcolm Jenkins (27) in action during an NFL football game against the New York Giants, Sunday, Oct. 3, 2021, in New Orleans. (AP Photo/Tyler Kaufman)
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New Orleans Saints star Malcolm Jenkins is taking his talents to the Premier League. This week, Jenkins became a minority investor in the Burnley Football Club. Jenkins bought a stake in ALK Capital which took over Burnley FC last year.

Jenkins visited Burnley FC during the Saints’ bye week and took in some game action. He toured Turf Moor stadium and watched Burnley FC face Manchester City. 

The soccer club shared a special introductory video to welcome Jenkins. It was posted on their YouTube page and on their official Twitter account.

Jenkins said the chance to have a voice within the investment group appealed to him.

“The opportunity, that is really what made us super interested in Burnley,” Jenkins said. “It’s not just being able to slap our name on something in the Premier League, it’s to actually come in and have influence and be able to be apart of that changing culture.”

Burnley FC has a rich history in the Premier League. The soccer club was founded in 1882 and plays in the top division. As one of the original 12 teams in the Football League, the club also has a couple of notable championships in their history.

“This town being one of those passionate, working class groups is similar to what I have been with in New Orleans and Philadelphia,” Jenkins said. “Those are the type of organizations we like to be apart of as we also know it’s going to be a solid foundation of support.”

Jenkins is in his 13th NFL season. He has 34 tackles, two passes defended and one interception in five games this season.