20 Athletes Who Have Been In Way Too Many Commercials
20 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 far from embarrassed being 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 should 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.
20. Josh Hamilton
Josh Hamilton's impressive power bat has helped him rack up quite a few endorsement deals with some major companies. Hamilton endorses ESPN, Old Spice, and Majestic Apparel and has appeared in commercials for all of them. If he can recapture his 2012 glory, those endorsements should increase in number in the future as well.
19. Eli Manning
Eli Manning is another example of a player who 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.
18. Dwight Howard
Dwight Howard is another athlete who has taken advantage of his popularity on the court to appear in several television commercials. He has done commercials for McDonald's, Adidas, Vitamin Water, and ESPN among others.
17. Ray Lewis
Ray Lewis, whatever you may think of him as a human being, has gotten a pretty good gig as an analyst and endorses several products now that he is retired from football. He has appeared in commercials for Gatorade, Old Spice, Under Armour, Xbox One, Visa, and Madden 13.
16. 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, Subway, and Nissan. As he goes further into his career, his number of sponsors and commercials should increase even more.
15. Michael Jordan
Although Michael Jordan has been retired from basketball, he is a guy who 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.
14. 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.
13. Derek Jeter
Derek Jeter is no stranger to the commercial game. The aging New York Yankees captain has appeared in commercials for ESPN, Gillette, Gatorade, Skippy, Visa, and has even done TV promotions for Major League Baseball.
12. Chris Paul
Chris Paul has started to increase his exposure on the television screen lately as well. In the past few years, he has appeared in commercials for Right Guard and State Farm Insurance. As his legacy on the court continues to grow, he will more than likely increase the amount of commercials he stars in as well.
11. Shaquille O' Neal
Shaquille O' Neal has appeared in many commercials, both as a player and as an analyst. He has starred in commercials for Reebok, Buick, IcyHot, and Nestle Crunch, among others.
10. Dwayne Wade
Dwayne Wade is another star athlete that has made the most of his stardom on the basketball court. Throughout his career, Wade has appeared in television ads for Dove's Men+Care campaign, T-Mobile, Converse, and Gatorade.
9. Michael Phelps
Michael Phelps has risen to a perennial gold medalist and an endorsement king rather quickly. Phelps has starred in commercials for Subway, RadioShack, Rosetta Stone, Guitar Hero, Speedo FS-Pro, and more.
8. Alex Rodriguez
Alex Rodriguez may be the most hated player in all of baseball at the moment, but that does not mean that his bank account has suffered as a result. Throughout his career, A-Rod has appeared in commercials for Armour Hot Dog, SpeedStick, RadioShack, Nike, Pepsi, and more.
7. Blake Griffin
Blake Griffin is yet another superstar who has cashed in for his ability on the basketball court to become an advertising giant. Griffin has appeared in commercials for Foot Locker, Kia Optima, Gamefly, Subway, ESPN, Red Bull, and Air Jordan.
6. 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.
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. 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.
2. 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.
1. 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 by constantly appearing on their television screens. For him though, he is laughing all the way to the bank.