Make that two Heisman Trophy finalists whose exploits have been sung about via an oldies parody.
Two weeks after a Texas A&M fan sang about QB Johnny Manziel to the tune of Shelley Fabares’ “Johnny Angel,” a recent Notre Dame grad named Pat McKillen starred in a music video promoting LB Manti Te’o to the tune of Harry Belafonte’s “Day-O (The Banana Boat) Song.”
And with all due respect to the Aggies fan, McKillen’s video is much more enjoyable to watch.
Not only is McKillen a good singer, he’s a clever lyricist. In place of “Daylight come and me want to go home,” he sings “Offense come and you want to go home.” In place of “Six foot, seven foot, eight foot bunch!” he sings “First down, second down, third down punt!” The star linebacker’s name even rhymes with the title of Belafonte’s signature song, which was featured prominently in Beetlejuice.
It’s worth pointing out that this video looks professionally cut (it’s posted to Notre Dame athletics’ YouTube page, after all), hence the difference in “tolerability” from the A&M vid. But the YouTube masses have spoken, watching it nearly 100,000 times since it was posted on Dec. 1 (as of 1:30 PM ET Tuesday) and bestowing it with 938 likes against just 13 dislikes.