Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Ike Taylor grinned as the first question came his way from a British reporter in the front row.

"Man I love your accent" Taylor said then chuckled and paused. "Say it again?"

The Steelers arrived here early Friday morning after an overnight flight in advance of Sunday's international series game against the Minnesota Vikings.

Within hours a half-dozen players and coach Mike Tomlin were taking turns at the podium in front of a largely local media – with Taylor an 11th-year veteran making his first trip to London the unquestioned star.

"Excuse me?" Taylor said to another reporter. "Your accent real thick."

One winking question seemed to have Taylor geographically confused too: why do Americans call it football when they barely use their feet?

"Um … I guess 'cause we spell it different" Taylor said. "Y'all spell it futbol."

Taylor 33 later asked one reporter to "shoot me a few slang words" only to be told that man was from Denmark.

His friend in the front row chimed in to recommend "jiffy" (meaning quickly) and "lift" (instead of elevator).