Videos: John Elway's top ten commercials
Neptune Krill Oil sounds like something you'd find on page 117 of the Kama Sutra. Still, it doesn't actually matter if you're unfamiliar with the dietary supplement -- because John Elway will tell you about it. The Broncos legend turned football operations veep has put his John Elway on a years-long agreement to represent and promote the Omega-3 oil, his latest business venture in a long history of them. In honor of this latest deal, we've assembled his ten most memorable commercials.
But first, Elway's Krill Oil endorsement:
For what it's worth, krill oil is exactly what it sounds like: Made from the minute crustaceans that whales feast on, it's all about one-upping regular fish oil's health benefits with its own supply of fatty acids and antioxidants. Good for the body, bad for the mental picture. But before Elway shilled for krill, the athlete starred in spots for plenty of other notable products, some his own and some Bon Jovi's also got an eye on. Below, explore roughly fifteen years of Elway-endorsed goods (and bads).
10. The newspaper industry
Maybe, just maybe, if Elway had smiled brighter or referred to "the game of life" just a few more times, the print media industry would never have plummeted. Maybe if we bring this ad back and run it on TV in 2012, it will vanquish every blog, Kindle and iPhone in existence. Maybe if Elway had tried just a little bit harder, you would be reading this in hard copy right now.
9. John Elway Chevrolet
When Elway looses a rogue throw at the screen, this commercial breaks both the fourth wall and its cameraman's nose.
8. Circuit City
The only thing this ad, starring Elway and coach Mike Ditka as they chow down in the middle of the home electronics section, is missing is a remotely believable pattern of human speech. When it's over, the robots win.
7. Shriners Hospitals
Elway dwarfs Justin Timberlake as the two compare Grammys and Super Bowl rings in an attempt to out-Samaritan each other. The cute commercial is charming, particularly in the moment Elway attempts to bust a move. (Let's just say he's not bringing sexy back.)
As the caption for this video points out, Sprint's "John Elway is lonely" commercial was inopportunely timed close to the football legend's 2003 divorce. With that in mind, watching Elway visit a tropical resort alone and drink, ride a tandem bike solo and glance despondently at the scenery before drinking a gallon-sized cocktail just isn't as funny. But don't worry: Remarried to former Raiders cheerleader Paige Green since 2009, Elway doesn't need you to keep him company anymore.
Click through for our top five.