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“No, I didn’t ask Saquon about his leg routine.”

Before Saquon Barkley leads the New York Giants against the Dallas Cowboys tonight on Monday Night Football, go inside his This Is SportsCenter spots with anchors/co-stars Stan Verrett, Linda Cohn and Neil Everett

Saquon Barkley is one of the marquee attractions for ESPN’s Monday Night Football matchup between his New York Giants and the Dallas Cowboys (tonight, 8:15 ET).

Chances are, fans will see more of the Giants halfback with the tree-trunk legs during MNF commercial breaks.

Last July, Barkley taped two spots for ESPN’s latest installments in the This Is SportsCenter franchise: Presentation and Standing Desk.

The spots were captured in ESPN’s Los Angeles Production Center, as was “Audibles” with Los Angeles Rams quarterback Jared Goff.

SportsCenter anchors Stan Verrett and Neil Everett “co-star” in “Presentation” – Everett’s head actually only appears as an inconvenient “pop up” text making Barkley-related comments as Verrett attempts to make an office presentation.

To answer one of Everett’s ill-timed questions in the spot, “No, I didn’t ask [Barkley] about his leg routine,” Verrett told Front Row.

“It was great working with Saquon and Jared [both Verrett and Cohn co-star with Goff in “Audibles”]. What you immediately notice about them, like the other athletes in “This Is SportsCenter” spots, is how important it is to them to nail their roles.”

I believe I even took a breath so he could get in a word of acknowledgement. He’s such a great guy and he was outstanding in the spot. – Avid N.Y. Giants fan Linda Cohn regarding co-starring with Saquon Barkley

Anchor Linda Cohn introduces “Standing Desk,” which features Barkley’s supposed in-office “quad routine” as the spot’s kicker.

For Newfield, N.Y., native Cohn, co-starring with Barkley is a highlight.

“Growing up a Giants fan and still as passionate as ever about them, it was a thrill to do the commercial with Saquon,” Cohn said. “As soon as I met him I had to make sure he knew what a huge fan I was of him and Big Blue. So I proceeded to tell him examples of that until I realized I need to stop talking.

“That’s something that’s hard for me to do once I get going. He nodded and smiled. I believe I even took a breath so he could get in a word of acknowledgement. He’s such a great guy and he was outstanding in the spot.”

Verrett said Everett was not on set for the “Presentation” shoot.

Best work I’ve ever done! – Neil Everett of his “on-screen time” in “Presentation”

“But in a twist, I did text him during the shoot,” Verrett said of his colleague.

As for Everett, he considers his digital cameo in the spot the “best work I’ve ever done!”

Andy Hall contributed to this post.

SportsCenter anchor Stan Verrett (standing) and Saquon Barkley co-star in “Presentation.”
(Kohjiro Kinno/ESPN Images)
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