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C.J. Mosley repped Schrute Farms in his public statements in London

Dwight Schrute is, if anything, a fan of bears. But, as a man of loyalty, he’d perhaps be more than willing to switch his allegiance to the Jets if he saw linebacker C.J. Mosley‘s efforts on Friday.

As the New York Jets prepare to do battle with the Atlanta Falcons in London on Sunday (9:30 a.m. ET, NFL Network), the metropolitan linebacker might’ve caused a comical disturbance in U.S.-U.K. relations.

While addressing the public after the team’s Friday practice, Mosley adorned a T-shirt bearing the likes of Dwight, one of the main characters from NBC’s long-running sitcom The Office. Brian Costello of the New York Post shared the shirt on Twitter, where it received a mostly positive reception.

The American series stemmed from the British comedy of the same name, a BBC project created by Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant. Each series is staged as a fake documentary showcasing the everyday happenings of a struggling paper company.

Gervais starred as bumbling regional manager David Brent, a role that would later give way to Steve Carell’s Michael Scott in the American version. The franchise has received critical acclaim and has been adapted into ten different international versions beyond Britain and America.

Debate has often raged amongst the American and British fans over which series is superior.

Dwight, portrayed by Rainn Wilson, is partly based on the British character Gareth Keenan (Makenzie Crook). Both characters are known for their rigid enforcement of rules and company policies, and hold the title of “Assistant Regional Manager” – a title constantly corrected by bosses Brent and Scott as “Assistant to the Regional Manager.”

Despite their eccentricities, both Dwight and Gareth are portrayed as strong paper salesmen, though they are constantly the victims of practical jokes from their respective deskmates Jim Halpert (John Krasinski) and Tim Canterbury (Martin Freeman).

It appears that Mosley has spent this offseason at the Dwight Schrute Gym for Muscles. The veteran linebacker has burst back onto the NFL scene after appearing in only two games over the prior two seasons, leading the Jets with 37 tackles over the first four contests.

Geoff Magliocchetti is on Twitter @GeoffJMags

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Geoff Magliocchetti is a veteran football writer with years of credentialed experience with the Jets and Giants. Email: geoffmags90@gmail.com

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