By Jayme Monsanto, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO - Brazil is known internationally as "País do Futebol". Its national team is the biggest winner in the sport's history, with five World Cup trophies to its credit.

When the subject is American Football, however, things are different. Brazil has no tradition in the sport, and the popularity of the oval shaped ball was practically non-existent until 1992, when ESPN TV started broadcasting NFL matches. Little by little, national interest grew, due in part to the powerful voice, charisma and dedication of the channel's announcer, André José Adler.

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