Josh McCown's accent 'combination of Jesus and Ben Stiller'

Josh McCown's accent 'combination of Jesus and Ben Stiller'

November 21, 2013, 3:00 pm
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Sometimes the NFL “mics” up players, getting natural sound. They might want to get some Josh McCown sound sooner rather than later.

McCown, a native Texan who lives in North Carolina now, has a distinctive accent that teammates have arrived at a suitable comparison:

“It’s a little bit country,” says tight end Martellus Bennett. “It’s a combination of Jesus and Ben Stiller.” (Bennett mentioned that you can hear the Almighty if you’re listening, and not everybody does, but that’s for another discussion.)

Guard Kyle Long says that there is not a great deal of difference between the vocal delivery of McCown and Jay Cutler. But “the cadence is a little difference, and there’s a little Southern twang to it: ‘Whaat (White) 80, Whaat (White) 80,’” Long said. “That’s what it sounds like.”

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McCown shook his head:

“I’m trying to process Ben Stiller and Jesus,” he said, shaking his head. “I just want to be there to listen to them two talk because I think that would be cool.

“I don’t know. I just try to call the plays as clear as I can and communicate what’s been communicated to me through the headset. That’s pretty much it. Other things are said from time to time. But I’ll leave that in the huddle. For the most part I just try to call the play and get it executed, and if there’s any little reminders that we can share with one another we try to do that.

“It’s fun. It’s a special place to be inside the huddle, and so I’m thankful to be around those guys. Even Martellus.”