Super Bowl LIII didn’t have many highlights, but there was a great commercial that showed Tom Brady passing off his rings to Bake Mayfield of the Cleveland Browns
The fireworks on the field were minimal as the New England Patriots managed to win a defensive battle in Super Bowl LIII by a score of 13-3 against the Los Angeles Rams. Even with that being the case, there were still a lot of highlight-reel plays just before the half that got people talking ‚— and a couple of Cleveland Browns were involved.
Those highlights weren’t on the field but instead, they took place in arguably the best commercial of the night. Just before halftime, the NFL released a commercial celebrating 100 years of football and there were plenty of stars.
Some of the game’s greats like Joe Montana, Peyton Manning, Jerry Rice, Terry Bradshaw, Franco Harris, and many more made an appearance. As did former Cleveland running back Jim Brown and their new face of the franchise Baker Mayfield.
The commercial starts as a celebration until Marshawn Lynch — unable to restrain himself from going after the cake — knocks a golden football over. That leads to a chase for the “fumble” and an impromptu game of football.
At one point, Mayfield gets involved by telling Tom Brady to get out there, and calls him “old man.” Brady then takes off his five Super Bowl rings, hands them to Baker and askes him to hold them. Mayfield at first looks surprised, but then looks down at the ring and smiles brightly at the jewelry.
While the clip takes just a couple of seconds, it was a cool moment that almost felt like a passing of the torch. Brady, easily the best to ever play the position, is on the way out as he’s now 41 years old. As for Mayfield, the 23-year old rookie looks the part of the next big thing in the NFL.
He has the talent to win, the charisma to carry the league, and the desire to be great. Whether intentional or not, this commercial seemed like it was meant as a passing of the torch from one star to the next.