James Tedesco showcased why he is the best fullback in the NRL on Monday night after blitzing the Bulldogs and his impressive performance caught the eye of a prominent US reporter.
The reigning Dally M winner scored three tries and set up two others in a stunning performance that is becoming remarkably standard for the 27-year-old.
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After sitting out round four with a high fever and watching the Roosters thump Brisbane 59-0, he returned to the field with boundless energy for the NRL champions.
While former NFL punter Pat McAfee has been sharing his thoughts on the AFL to his US audience, leading Houston sports commentator Cameron Cox also showed his appreciation for the rugby league phenom.
“129-18!!!!,” the new Roosters fan tweeted.
“James Tedesco needs to come play fullback in the NFL.”
Despite the Roosters flying high, his new AFL team, the West Coast Eagles, were defeated on the weekend.
129-18!!!! James Tedesco needs to come play fullback in the NFL.— Cameron Cox (@CamCox12) June 15, 2020
The Eagles are struggling, but those jerseys are 🔥🔥🔥!
This didn’t stop him praising their jersey.
“The Eagles are struggling, but those jerseys are [fire emoji],” he said.
Tedesco finds solace in isolation
In isolation while players were training individually, Tedesco said he remembered why he fell in love with rugby league as he trained solo in his backyard, like he did as a kid.
"The last few years playing in every game until the grand final, rep footy, Origin, it's hard to find time to get away from footy," he said.
"I'd have a few weeks off and back into pre-season so this time it was about six weeks of going at my own pace and getting away from the footy life.
"It was mentally refreshing and I worked on things I needed to individually. I found the break really good for myself and it's showing in my footy.
"When we have training all day it's full on.
"There's video, you're in the gym, but going at our own pace ... It took me back to when I was a kid just doing all stuff in the backyard by myself.
"When we get into the season now it's footy, footy, footy and everywhere you look everyone is talking about it. Having that mental refresh was good for me."