10 Athletes Who Have Been In Way Too Many Commercials
10 Athletes Who Have Been In Too Many Commercials
For years, professional athletes have been becoming more visible in the public eye. From “Mean” Joe Green's old jersey commercial, to Peyton Manning starring in a plethora of commercials for Papa John's pizza, these athletes are not embarrassed to be in front of the camera.
In fact, many of those players earn almost as much money from endorsement deals as they do playing their own respective sports. For many athletes, it is the thing that allows them to have money in their pocket after their careers are over as well. For example, Manning, who makes $18 million annually playing in the NFL, makes another $13 million a year in endorsement deals. A lot of his money has come from his countless Oreo cookie and Papa John's pizza commercials.
As you can see, it is clearly a very lucrative option for athletes to represent major companies. With that said, there should still be a happy medium when it comes to how many commercials someone is in, or how many endorsement deals they sign on for.
The following list of players are guys that have gone overboard when it comes to TV commercials either right now or in the past. If you disagree with any of the names that I am about to discuss in this slideshow, I would strongly encourage you to express your opinion in the “comments” section down below.
10. Peyton Manning
Peyton Manning has been in countless commercials and is still going strong with them today. From Oreo commercials to Papa Johns, to a rap commercial with his brother Eli, Manning is driving many fans crazy be constantly being on their television screens. For him though, he is laughing all the way to the bank.
9. Aaron Rodgers
Aaron Rodgers has also driven many fans up the wall with his constant commercial appearances. The words Discount Double Check will always be engraved in our heads as the commercial that Rodgers is in, which is exactly what State Farm and Rodgers both want.
8. LeBron James
LeBron James is another guy who has been in far too many commercials since coming into the NBA. He is very well known for his Nike commercials and his "What can I do?" commercial after his decision to play for the Miami Heat in particular. LeBron does not care how many people dislike his constant appearances in commercials though, as he continues to a earn a large sum of money from them.
7. Troy Polamalu
Although Troy Polamalu hasn't been in as many commercials as of late, every time you would turn on the TV a year or so ago, you would see his commercials for Old Spice and Head and Shoulders. Needless to say, Polamalu has made himself quite a living capitalizing on his legendary long hair and his ability on the football field.
6. Michael Jordan
Although Michael Jordan has been retired from basketball, he is a guy that has been very busy on the commercial front. He is best known outside of basketball for his numerous Hanes underwear commercials in the last few years. Making those commercials has allowed him to stay in good shape financially in the years after his playing career.
5. Danica Patrick
Danica Patrick is another person who has taken advantage of the spotlight and has used it to gain wealth. However, after years of GoDaddy commercials being jammed down sports fans' throats, the commercials have since become somewhat old and stale. She still continues to profit from them though, which is all that matters to GoDaddy and Patrick herself.
4. Tiger Woods
While Tiger Woods has not made nearly as many commercials since losing several sponsors in his 2009 scandal, he made a ridiculous amount of them before that scandal was made public. He had made a seemingly endless number of commercials for Accenture, Nike and Buick among others.
3. Eli Manning
Eli Manning is another example of a player that used to make a ton of commercials, but now that his play has declined, he has backed off considerably in the last year or so. Between the Oreo commercials he starred in with his brother Peyton, his Citizen Eco-Drive Watch commercials and his most recent rap commercial with his brother, he has had no shortage of commercial appearances in his career.
2. Albert Pujols
Albert Pujols has been in many different commercials as well. He has been in high-profile commercials for MLB Extra Innings and ESPN, the one of note being the "Machine" commercial. When he left the St. Louis Cardinals, the commercials have seemingly stopped, but he made quite a lot of noise on the ad front when he was a Cardinals player.
1. Robert Griffin III
Although Robert Griffin III is relatively new to life in professional football, that does not mean that he hasn't been in tons of commercials. Since entering the league just two years ago, he has starred in commercials for Gatorade, Adidas and Nissan. As he goes further into his career, his number of sponsors and commercials should increase even more.