As defenses around the league have found out the hard way, Arian Foster made himself the best rusher in the NFL by having lightning reflexes and the ability to react quickly to any situation.
And as Super Bowl week moved towards its business end, I also found to my detriment just how sharp of mind the Houston Texans running back really is.
During the red carpet opening of the EA Sports Madden Bowl at the Bud Light Hotel this week, Foster, a keen impersonator with a sharp sense of humor, instantly picked up on my English accent and wasted no time in starting to make fun of me.
Sounding like a cross between Ricky Gervais and the Queen, Foster conversed with me in a British tone for a few minutes, with pretty hilarious results. Wanting to hold my own, I told Foster he resembled British singer Craig David as we bantered back and forth, UK-style.
"I consider myself a little bit of a linguist," said Foster, still in character. "I like to impersonate. So I do so, every so often."
After Foster’s attempt, it only seemed appropriate to ask a bunch of other NFL stars to deliver their best British accent. Without exception, they eagerly accepted the challenge ... with mixed results.
Atlanta Falcons' wide receiver Roddy White's impression might have been the oddest, telling me that he wanted to "travel to British and take over," while insisting he intended to leave the NFL to become a professional soccer player.
Brandon Marshall of the Miami Dolphins lost confidence after using the word "mate" in his attempt, mistakenly believing it to be an exclusively Australian term.
Gerald McCoy, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive tackle, reeled off a list of British terms, which he then kindly explained to the video audience.
The Jacksonville Jaguars' Maurice Jones-Drew's British effort sounded no different from his normal delivery -- and he then insisted that I should try to impersonate him.
The result was anything but brilliant.
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