Green Bay Packers kicker Mason Crosby is one of the investors in the Trivela Group, which bought an initial 51% stake in the Saddlers in June this year.
The 38-year-old caught the eye wearing a Walsall shirt as he arrived at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Sunday for the Packers NFL International Series showdown with the New York Giants, but his support for the club goes beyond being a simple fan and is also financial.
Crosby is a longtime friend of Trivela leader and Saddlers co-chairman Ben Boycott, with the pair having previously worked together at the Christian charity group Vapor Ministries.
Boycott, who is based in Alabama, contacted Crosby, a lifelong English football fan, to see if he would be interested in joining Trivela ahead of the takeover.
“A few years ago, Mason and I were in Haiti together at one of those sites where we really saw football being a catalyst to transform a community and really revitalize a community.” Boycott explained this week to Packers News.
“We’ve been friends for a long time and we’ve kind of had long conversations about the impact sport can have on people’s lives. He and I are both very passionate about it.
The Packers arrived in London on Friday and Crosby admitted his frustration at not being able to travel to Poundland Bescot Stadium for Saturday’s 3-1 win over Wimbledon.
“I just can’t take the risk,” Crosby said before the Packers took off for London. “I just see the trains stop or I’m stuck in traffic and I’m an hour and a half late (for a team meeting). It will not work.
“They (Walsall) are in the lowest of four tiers. But it’s a good team and a good organization and being part of a football team is something that I really enjoyed.