Juventus stars embark on American Football try-out

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During a recent visit to Stanford as part of Juventus' pre-season tour of the United States, Italian duo Andrea Pirlo and Leonardo Bonucci had a try out with the university's college football team.

With the 26-year-old defender operating as a Cardinals quarterback, and 34-year-old veteran Pirlo as wide receiver, the Serie 'A' pair proved quite quickly that neither of them have what it takes to embark on a career in American football.

Whilst their hand-eye coordination left a lot to be desired - as well as their ability to pull off the baggy shirts and tight pants combo - both players seemed to excel at taking field goals.

Free-kick specialist Pirlo in particular made a case to argue he could make a good NFL kicker, and even resisted the temptation to showcase his panenka-style set-piece.

Of course, the entire video shoot was designed for a bit of light-hearted fun, even with the stoney faced cameos from a couple of the Stanford coaches. 

Still, the 108 second showreel is still worth sticking with, if only for the money shot of Pirlo at the end, when he removes his helmet to reveal that remarkably marvellous beard.

Watch footage of Juventus players Andrea Pirlo and Leonardo Bonucci "trying out" for the Stanford Cardinals in the video above, and feel free to share any other favourite instances when football meets American football...


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