The NFL is a quarterback league. Passing reigns supreme. QB’s touch the ball on virtually every offensive play for a team. Acting like coaches, quarterbacks are generals on the field of play. They act as spokespeople for their team off the field. They embody what the team is all about.
But, can they act?
Many major brands think they can or at least have enough faith in quarterbacks to represent their products and services to the public.
With the Denver Broncos hosting the New England Patriots, and the Seattle Seahawks hosting the San Francisco 49ers; we thought it would be fun to compare the commercial efforts of 4 of the top QB’s in the league: Manning, Brady, Kaepernick & Wilson.
First up, the granddaddy of all QB pitchmen: Peyton Manning. It’s not just that he can throw TD’s that so many folks name babies after him, he has a certain on-screen charisma. Great timing and great delivery. A pro’s pro. If Mad Men were set in the last 15 years, there would have to be episodes devoted to “The Sheriff.”
SOME OF PEYTON MANNING’S BEST COMMERCIALS
Tom Brady is not afraid to take some chances. In addition to winning Super Bowls, he has a knack for this TV game.
When Under Armour and Funny or Die collaborated with Mr. Brady, the results were pretty funny.
TOM BRADY COMMERCIAL FOR UNDER ARMOUR
Colin Kaepernick took the NFL by storm two years ago. An imposing figure on the field who forces the opposition to game plan around him, he’s also one of the edgiest QB’s today. When he partnered with an edgy brand in Beats by Dre Studio Wireless, the results were impressive. Here’s the director’s cut to “Hear What You Want.”
COLIN KAEPERNICK COMMERCIAL FOR BEATS
Since Russell Wilson took the helm at Seattle, the Seahawks have been a force to reckon with. Packed within this commercial for Levi’s, Wilson share his personal story with a lot of great messages for young players.
RUSSELL WILSON COMMERCIAL FOR LEVI’S
As the 4 clips above attest, these 4 playmakers are multi-talented. More commercial opportunities undoubtedly await for the winners of this weekend’s tilts (and also the losers). Good stuff!