The NFL Super Bowl LV commercial awakened the spirit of Vince Lombardi, which appears to have come back to haunt Tom Brady since winning the Super Bowl.
The National Football League (NFL), on Sunday, 7 February 2021, revealed the official NFL Super Bowl LV commercial. However, the commercial was then made available on YouTube on Monday, 8 February 2021, following the reveal of the surprise. The commercial was promoted with the tagline, “A voice from the past. A message for today. Vince Lombardi returns to unite us with a comeback speech for the ages.”
The speech was a rousing call for the continued efforts of communion, despite the COVID-19 pandemic. For some, the use of a hologram to provide the pre-game speech was eerie. The NFL appears to have drawn inspiration from Kanye West’s birthday surprise for his soon-to-be ex-wife, Kim Kardashian West. The rapper brought her late father, Robert Kardashian, back to life to wish her a happy fortieth birthday through a hologram.
The initial reactions to the hologram of Lombardi were similar to those of when the video of Robert Kardashian’s “return to life” surfaced. However, since the shock and surprise of the commercial has subsided, fans of the NFL and the Super Bowl have returned to view the video online, as it now boasts over 3.3 million views.
Moreover, a person that has had his luck change since winning the Super Bowl again is Tom Brady. On game day, he was lauded as the greatest athlete of all time. However, social media users have rebutted the suggestion so vehemently that the people’s choice, Serena Williams, trended due to the backlash that the suggestion received.
Thereafter, Brady faced backlash for throwing the Lombardi trophy like an actual football. The daughter of the trophy maker was the latest to speak out against Brady, suggesting that his actions were sacrilegious. Lombardi’s daughter has asked for Brady to apologise, which he has yet to do. It would seem that, following the release of the commercial, the only person that continues to be haunted by the ghost of Lombard is Brady.
Watch the commercial below.