Werner’s hazing includes German one-hit wonder

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As the NFL tries to expand its appeal overseas, men from other countries are discovering the game.  And their heritage is influencing the choice of song they’ll sing for the veterans.

Colts rookie Bjoern Werner, who grew up in Germany, hasn’t had to sing the Florida State fight song.  Instead, he was asked to belt out a bilingual hit from the 1980s.

99 Red Balloons in German,” Werner told reporters Sunday.

The song from Nena was a hit in both tongues, but the German version (99 Luftballoons) actually climbed higher in the United States, peaking at No. 2 in 1984.

Werner also addressed with reporters his transition from 4-3 defensive end to 3-4 outside linebacker in Indy, where he has been installed as the No. 2 “rush” linebacker.  And Werner talked about how he’s learning from starter Robert Mathis, who himself had to learn the position in 2012.

But none of that matters.  Because both versions of the song have taken up residence in your head.

English.  And German.

As foreign-language songs go, it could be worse.  Much worse.

6 responses to “Werner’s hazing includes German one-hit wonder

  1. Now granted he was made to sing the german version, but I can’t believe that they didn’t pick a David Hasselhoff song instead.

    Most guys except the older players probably have never even heard of Neena, but most should know who Hasselhoff is. Plus his songs were vastly more cheesy

  2. So all the black players on the Colts are racist. I’m sure Florio will devote seven million articles to covering it. I mean, he has to, right?

  3. Herklulease: The best Hasselhoff rendition would include plenty of drinks, a video camera and a hamburger.

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