One of Taylor Lewan’s boyhood heroes came calling this week.
So naturally when the opportunity to film a “catfish-based” skit with NBC analyst and former NHL tar Jeremy Roenick came, Lewan was eager to participate.
The skit aired on NBC just ahead of the Nashville Predators’ Game 4 Monday night in the Stanley Cup Finals.
“NBC called me and they said they wanted to do a catfish skit with J.R. When I was a little kid and J.R was playing for the Coyotes, I used to go and watch him,” said the Tennessee Titans Pro Bowl left tackle, who is a regular at Preds games. “It was fun, kind of a full circle deal, getting to watch somebody growing up and getting to do a skit with them.”
In the skit, Lewan helps Roenick fetch a catfish from the lake that surrounds Saint Thomas Sports Park to take to Bridgestone Arena. Lewan said he enjoyed the light-hearted moment with the former hockey star.
“He was a lot of fun. He definitely gets it. We had a blast doing the whole thing. We didn’t take it too seriously, we just had a good time,” Lewan said.
Several takes of each scene were shot, but Lewan said the first take on most of them ended up being used.
“We did three or four for everything one, but most of it, we used the first take. So it was pretty spot on and it was pretty easy. There wasn’t too much depth to anything. I think the simplicity of it was what was funny about it,” he said. “The hardest part of that whole thing was setting it up.”
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Lewan and his offensive line mates, of course, have bought in completely during the Predators’ Stanley Cup playoff run. The Titans left tackle said he now sees what type of sports town Nashville can be when a team is winning, and would like to transfer that over to the fall.
“I really hope they can win this game in Pittsburgh and hopefully come back and take home the Cup in six games. Their destiny is in their hands at this point,” Lewan said. “The South is all about football, and to see them rally around a “Northern” sport, I put that in quotations because that’s what it is, is incredible. I think we have a huge opportunity here.”