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Mark Sanchez is the bilingual pretty face

Football player Mark Sanchez attends Columbia Pictures' and

Football player Mark Sanchez attends Columbia Pictures' and The Cinema Society's screening of "The Social Network" at the School of Visual Arts Theater in Manhattan. (Sept. 29, 2010) Photo Credit: Getty Images

Univision returned to the Jets' training facility today for a pre-arranged interview with quarterback Mark Sanchez. But controversial reporter Ines Sainz, whose good looks drew some unwanted attention in the jets' locker room recently, was replaced by another reporter who conducted the private interview for the Spanish-language channel.

The interesting part, however, is about Sanchez himself. Just because a person has a Hispanic surname doesn't mean they know how to speak Spanish. Sanchez went to high school in Mission Viejo, Calif. before attending Southern Cal, and he does know enough Spanish to be able to hold a conversation.

Although you might not call him fluent in the language, Sanchez is smart to recognize the value of making the attempt to speak Spanish for the Spanish-language channels whenever the opportunity presents itself. He conducted an interview in Spanish last year at the Super Bowl, and he regularly takes separate questions from Spanish outlets following his postgame press conferences.

So, today's sitdown with Univision was par for the course for Sanchez, who understands the marketing opportunities his bilingualism opens up.


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