Marketers have long banked on the star power of pro athletes to sell stuff. Here, some of the weirdest jock-brand mashups of all time.
Muhammad Ali for d-Con
In 1980, “The Greatest” faced a whole different kind of foe: cockroaches.
Jimmy Johnson for Extenze
The former Dallas Cowboys coach famously hawked this “natural male enlarger.” Um, Jimmy, TMI?
Shaquille O’Neal and Hakeem Olajuwon for Taco Bell
In 1995, all it took was a double-decker taco to bring these rivals together.
Pete Rose for Kool-Aid
Before he was banned from the game, the baseball legend starred in a truly trippy TV ad for the multicolor kids’ concoction.
Charles Barkley for Weight Watchers
Sir Charles once tried to attract dudes to the diet plan by dressing up in drag. Good call.
Tom Brady for Uggs
His relationship with a brand best known for its plush ladies booties made the gridiron god a laughingstock.
Joe DiMaggio for Mr. Coffee
Oh, “joe.” We get it.
Joe Namath for Beautymist Pantyhose
Duh. Hands down, the oddest (and most famous) ad to ever feature a sports star.