Watch: Kansas Jayhawks fan Jason Sudeikis visits Allen Fieldhouse with WNBA legend Sue Bird

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Actor Jason Sudeikis is a well-known fan of the Kansas Jayhawks. Along with fellow celebrities Paul Rudd and Rob Riggle, he has attended numerous KU games throughout the years and represents the Kansas brand proudly.

That pride was on display when Sudeikis joined WNBA legend and UCONN alum Sue Bird to take a behind-the-scenes look at Allen Fieldhouse and relive the history behind Kansas basketball before taking in the Jayhawks’ December matchup against the UCONN Huskies.

The whole trip was captured in the most recent episode (titled “Rock Chalk Jayhawk”) of Sue Bird’s ESPN+ series “Sue’s Places.” The show follows a similar name and style as NFL legend Peyton Manning’s ESPN+ series “Peyton’s Places” where Manning visits different teams, athletes, and cities to learn more about various professional sports stars and some of the top moments in sports history.

At the beginning of the video, Sudeikis reveals that he actually never attended the University of Kansas, which sparks a comical reaction from Bird and prompts her to video call Manning to get some advice.

Sudeikis tries to convince Manning that he’s the right guy for joining Bird on the tour by saying “I am a lifelong Jayhawk fan … I’m a Kansas City kid who grew up wanting to be the next Milt Newton … I bawled my eyes out when Roy Williams left …” He closed by saying “I actually had my hair cut like Greg Ostertag.”

Manning then gets his “cousin” on the phone to confirm Sudeikis’ Jayhawk fandom, and to Sudeikis’ surprise it’s none other than Kansas basketball legend Danny Manning.

Acting a little shell-shocked, Bird asks Sudeikis if he’s good, to which he replies, “I’m fine. This is no big deal. I’ve met Tom Hanks. I’ve met presidents. This is Danny (expletive) Manning though.”

After reminiscing over the 1988 National Championship run and getting Manning’s approval, the tour finally begins and Sudeikis gets the “full KU student experience” he never had.

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