A 315-pound NFL nose tackle is not the kind of person one envisions as a fan of that other kind of football, but Bills rookie Torell Troup will be following the 2010 World Cup closely.
Games begin in South Africa Friday morning and Troup plans to be watching the 10:00 am (ET) match Friday between South Africa and Mexico.
Troup developed a fan interest in soccer four years ago during the last World Cup.
“Yeah there were a whole bunch of people following the World Cup on campus at Central Florida and I got caught up in it,” said Troup. “Once the World Cup was over I started getting into the Premier Leagues and following those.”
Troup’s favorite player is Thierry Henry, who is a French National, but was left off the team’s roster for the World Cup.
“I wasn’t happy about that, but I’ll still be rooting for the French team,” he said. “I like their style. They have some good defenders and I believe have a chance.”
Troup says soccer is an escape for him.
“It keeps my mind off football for a little bit,” he said. “It’s something different than American football. I love the excitement and seeing the fans jumping around the whole game. I wish I could go back and play.”
There’s no question a 315-pound player would revolutionize the game.
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