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This is crazy! RG III, Newton’s postgame number exchange inspires Schlereth’s Call Me Maybe parody

Carly Rae Jepsen’s multi-platinum song Call Me Maybe ruled the summer of 2012, according to Billboard Magazine.

The catchy tune spurred hundreds of parodies, many of them sports-related: everyone from Harvard’s baseball team to the U.S. Olympic swim squad to the Miami Dolphins cheerleaders produced lip-synced videos.

But leave it to ESPN NFL analyst and radio host Mark Schlereth to take it to the next level. He actually sings.

Inspired by the news that young NFL stars Robert Griffin III and Cam Newton exchanged phone numbers in a way that upwardly “mobile” quarterbacks can after their game Sunday, Schlereth and his ESPN Radio cohorts went to work on their version of Jepsen’s gem.

You can see and hear the evidence above and read the story behind it below.

What prompted you to do this?
I just thought it was a good idea, considering I’ve never seen one guy go across the field and exchange phone numbers.

QB Robert Griffin III (left) of the Washington Redskins exchanges phone numbers with Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton after their game this past Sunday. (Credit: Getty Images)

Did you write your own lyrics? If so, how long did it take?
No, I did not. My incredible production staff wrote them and it only took them a few minutes.

You seem to hit the Carly Rae’s high notes with ease. Are you a trained singer?
Believe it or not, I’m not. Self-taught.

What was [ESPN Radio co-host] Mike Hill’s reaction? Should we expect a cover parody retort from him?
Schlereth: Mike wet himself on the floor of the studio and we had to have a cleaning crew come and clean the carpet.

Hill: No retort. I don’t think I could follow anything like that.

What are your thoughts on exchanging numbers with an opposing player postgame? You ever do it in your playing days?
No. It’s just a different time from when I played. I played more than half my career with no cell phone. It doesn’t bother me because guys are a lot more connected than when I played. They get together in the offseason and train.

Anything else you’d like to add?
I just wish Jay Z would quit calling me. I’m still under contract with ESPN.

David Scott of ESPN Communications and ESPN Radio’s Mike Antoniou and Amanda Gifford contributed to this post.

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