In the midst of an ESPN “Car Wash” last Friday, Super Bowl champion and Seattle defensive end Michael Bennett was asked what surprised him most about visiting ESPN’s Bristol, Conn. studios.
“I’m surprised by how close everything is to each other,” Bennett said. “You can go from NFL Insiders to NFL Live just like that.”
For Bennett, fellow defensive end Cliff Avril, linebacker Bobby Wagner and wide receiver Jermaine Kearse, appearing on those and other ESPN shows during a crowded, day-long schedule capped a busy week for the four NFL players.
Just five days earlier, they helped lead the Seahawks to a 43-8 victory over the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII in New Jersey. After returning home to the Pacific Northwest with their teammates, they were surrounded by 700,000 Seahawks fans during a downtown Seattle victory parade. Less than 48 hours later, the foursome returned to the East Coast for the visit to ESPN.
Front Row caught up with the Seahawks as they mingled with members of the Hawk Talk Fan Club, a “12th Man” inspired ESPN employee group. The players shared their thoughts on their favorite ESPN shows and personalities, and attempted to impersonate the likes of SportsCenter anchor and studio host Jonathan Coachman as well as First Take commentators Skip Bayless and Stephen A. Smith. They also provide an instant review of Sunday NFL Countdown contributor Frank Caliendo’s impersonation of San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh’s manic sideline rants.
Video produced by Josh Lander