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NFL player discusses the allure of eSports, League of Legends

Athletes who participate in physical sports and those active in the eSports scene are more alike than most people think, according to a recent interview with League of Legends fan and NFL player Chris Kluwe.

Kluwe, who you can watch in the video above, is best known for his time with the Seattle Seahawks and the Minnesota Vikings. According to the NFL punter, the amount of time players put into their game is the same amount of time athletes train for their sports. Kluwe calls games like League of Legends very much a "mental sport."

"For me, eSports is really this burgeoning culture of actual sports in that you have young adults competing in a team oriented fashion," Kluwe said. "What we're seeing with eSports right now is that beginning part where it's growing in popularity and people are starting to realize, ‘hey, this is something I can watch. This is something I can be entertained by, and this is something I can do.'"

The 2013 League of Legends World Championship came to a close yesterday with the final match between SK Telecom T1 and Royal Club. For more on the tournament, check out our guides on the event and its players, teams and stories.

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