The Arizona Cardinals rookies visited a young patient at the Phoenix Children’s Hospital on Tuesday, and what followed was a Taylor Swift singalong for the ages that was fortunately found by Chris Partlow of Next Impulse Sports.
The patient’s name was Bethany, who is recovering from an appendectomy. Cardinals rookies Padric Scott, Jamaal Johnson-Webb, Earl Watford, Dan Giordano and Jonathan Cooper joined her for a karaoke-style singalong to Taylor Swift’s “I Knew You Were Trouble.”
Bethany is killing it with the lyrics. It’s unclear whether she has a prompter or not, but that doesn't appear to be the case. This is all from memory.
As you can see, some of the guys are more musically inclined than others, but for the most part, all of them cannot help but get Swift with it.
Scott is No. 67, and the rookie defensive tackle is rolling with it. He’s singing, snapping and two-stepping like he’s singing in the shower. No. 48 is Giordano. He’s sitting down, bopping his head and trying hard to grab the mic.
The funniest part of this video originally was Watford, the 6’4”, 300-pound guard in the back who bops along to Bethany’s rendition with a giant stuffed puppy dog—until Cooper picked up the guitar. That’s when it was ratcheted up to hysterical.
According to the Cardinals, the team sent 25 rookies to the hospital, including third-round draft pick Tyrann Mathieu.
The team’s press release stated it was one of the first time the new guys hung out together outside of on-field events.
This year’s rookie class has spent more [time] together than with their families since reporting in early May, but Tuesday was one of the few times they ventured off the field as a group. It was also one of the first times they saw each other in a non-football capacity, and with the severity of the illnesses awaiting them at the hospital, many players saw a side of their teammates they won’t see often.
Good job letting your guard down, guys, and well done Bethany. I hope the rookies come back some time in the near future so you can break it down with some “Call Me Maybe.”