Ed Reed stalked his prey for 12 years in the NFL, luring them into mistakes time and time again, then pouncing with devastating kills.
So it’s only fitting that the NFL cast him in that role in it’s awesome Super Bowl LIII commercial honoring the NFL’s upcoming 100-year anniversary.
Some of the game’s biggest stars of past and present were featured in the commercial, but Reed had – without a doubt – one of the coolest parts.
After getting his close-up, Reed weaves through the tables like a lion, then throws LaDainian Tomlinson through a table just as the former running back strikes his signature touchdown pose.
The hit kind of reminded me of this play …
The ad finished first in USA Today’s Ad Meter, which is a ranking of Super Bowl ads by consumer rating.
The full list of stars in the commercial (in order of appearance) was Dick Butkus, Joe Greene, Aaron Donald, Peyton Manning, Orlando Pace, Alvin Kamara, Drew Brees, Michael Strahan, Rob Gronkowski, Brian Urlacher, JuJu Smith-Schuster, Marshawn Lynch, Eli Manning, Ndamukong Suh, Mike Singletary, Christian McCaffrey, Joe Montana, Jerry Rice, Michael Irvin, Deion Sanders, Larry Little, Paul Warfield, Larry Csonka, Todd Gurley, Barry Sanders, Emmitt Smith, LaDainian Tomlinson, Larry Fitzgerald, Reed, Jim Brown, Baker Mayfield, Tom Brady, Terry Bradshaw, Patrick Peterson, Odell Beckham Jr., Derwin James, Jalen Ramsey, Franco Harris, Russell Wilson, Patrick Mahomes, Tony Gonzalez, Von Miller, Richard Sherman, and Saquon Barkley.
Check out the behind-the-scenes video from the commercial shoot, particularly at the 22-second mark when you see the raw version of Reed’s slam.