An athlete does not reach the professional level without hard work and natural talent. Unfortunately, all that time practicing their sport didn’t leave much time for acting classes. While most people know of the awesomely bad movie acting roles by sports stars like Shaquille O’Neal in Kazaam or Dennis Rodman in the forgettable Double Team opposite Jean-Claude Van Damme, it’s the acting performances in local television commercials that reach a whole different level of suck.
By no means is this affliction with bad commercial acting isolated to one sport; athletes from pretty much every sport are equally bad. Luckily for everyone, YouTube was invented and immortalized these gag-inducing commercials for generations to come. Here are a few of my favorites for your viewing pleasure (or displeasure, depending on how you look at it).
Let me start this one off with a disclaimer: I’m a Red Sox fan. I don’t like Alex Rodriguez. So to be fair, he could have been Tom Hanks and I would have thought he was terrible, but you can be the judge. This commercial comes from his Mariners days, before he became the highest paid player in baseball and needed the money from helping to sell hardware. It’s speculated that he used money from this ad to buy steroids… I kid, I kid.