UNT alum Mean Joe Greene in an unforgettable Super Bowl commercial
By Tina Auten, Staff Writer
Over the years Super Bowl Sunday has become more than a tradition in American culture – it has very nearly become elevated to holiday status. Fans gather across the nation in sports bars, restaurants and living rooms to eat, drink, socialize, and yes, watch a little bit of football.
With millions of viewers glued to the television, advertisers have come to enjoy a captive audience and expend an extraordinary amount of creativity; energy and money to insure their products are remembered long after the clock runs out. In turn, viewers have come to look forward to commercial breaks with almost as much enthusiasm as they do cheering (or booing) the men on the field.
Here’s a look back at our top picks for all-time great Super Bowl Commercials:
Budweiser, Clydesdales Playing Football – Showcasing America’s favorite equines as football players and a zebra as a referee in 2003 became an instant classic.
McDonald’s, The Showdown – In the best display of one-upmanship, NBA greats Larry Bird and Michael Jordan played for, of all things, a Big Mac.
Coca-Cola, Mean Joe Greene – This sentimental favorite from 1980 shows tough guy Mean Joe Greene’s softer side as he tosses a kid his jersey after being given a cold Coca-Cola. Before donning a Steeler uniform, Greene was a powerhouse at North Texas State University (now UNT) where he earned his signature nickname.
Budweiser, Frogs – Who can forget this timeless pick from 1995 as croaking frogs say “Bud… Weis… Errrrr”? For months after, kids and adults alike walked around croaking like frogs.
Apple, “1984” – Perhaps one of the most thought provoking Super Bowl commercials of all time, the 1984 Apple commercial which introduced the Macintosh is largely considered to be the greatest Super Bowl spot ever. We happen to agree.
And for those of you who just can’t wait to see Sunday’s crop of highly anticipated Super Bowl commercials, we’ve got a sneak peek at 2013.