Who Was the Girl in that Awesome “NFL: The 100-Year Game” Commercial That Aired During the Super Bowl?
Forty-four of the greatest players in the history of the football, including three Dallas Cowboys legends, were part of the show-stealing commercial that aired during Sunday’ Super Bowl telecast: “NFL: The 100-Year Game”. But at the end of the 2-minute commercial, after a bevy of the best NFL players have chased down a fumbled football from atop a cake, who ended up with the ball? A 14-year old girl.
Who was the girl in the NFL commercial?
And who were the other two women featured in the commercial?
In the commercial, the setting is a swanky ballroom with all the guys in tuxedos and ladies in formal dresses. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is making a speech, saluting the 2019 season as NFL’s 100th anniversary. Meanwhile, running back Marshawn Lynch is reaching towards a giant white cake, teetering back in his chair. As Marshawn swipes with his hand to try to get some cake frosting, he loses his balance and the cake, which is topped by a golden football, goes tumbling.
The golden football, along with cake, is on the floor. Goodell stops in mid-sentence and Peyton Manning, seeing the ball on the floor, says “Oh Boy!”, knowing every players’ eyes are on the football.
Former Bears linebacker Mike Singletary (the guy with the big eyes) yells “fumble” and chaos ensues as quarterbacks like Joe Montana and Peyton Manning and Terry Bradshaw and Tom Brady are throwing passes to the likes of Jerry Rice and Larry Fitzgerald, while all-time great defenders like J.J. Watt and Aaron Donald and Deion Sanders are trying to tackle and/or intercept the ball.
As the ball comes free, it winds up in the hands of a young girl in a red dress. Perennial Pro Bowl cornerback Richard Sherman asks the girl, “Can I have the ball please?”.
“You want this?”, the girl asks Richard as she holds out the football? “Come and get it!” she tells him, as she makes a spin move and runs with the ball before pitching it to Giants running back Saquon Barkley.
The girl in the red dress is none other than Sam Gordon, the 2017 winner of the NFL’s Game Changer award.
You may have seen some of her awesome highlights on YouTube a few years ago when she became a viral sensation. She’s from Utah and, by age 9, was playing in a boys’ tackle football league where she absolutely dominated the competition. As she got older and there were no more opportunities for girls to play tackle football, she wanted to continue to play her favorite spot. She and her dad, Brent, started the Utah Girls Tackle Football League which inspired other similar leagues across the U.S. and Canada.
Sam was one of three history-making females featured in the commercial.
The female who yelled “First Down” is Sarah Thomas, the first full-time official in the history of the NFL. She is currently a Down Judge on referee Ron Torbert’s crew. That’s Torbert in the commercial who is signaling a completed catch by Odell Beckham Junior on the no-look pass from Patrick Mahomes.
Also featured in the commercial is Beth Mowins who can be seen at one of the tables. Mowins is a well-known and respected ESPN play-by-play announcer who has done many sports, including work in 2017 as a play-by-play announcer for Monday Night Football.
As for the Dallas Cowboys in the commercial, Michael Irvin appears first as he yells “Joe!”, trying to get a pass from Joe Montana. Montana, who was a rival of Irvin and the Cowboys during his years with the 49ers, says, “No can do, Cowboy” and throws the football to former 49er teammate Jerry Rice.
Deion Sanders, who won a Super Bowl with both the Cowboys and the 49ers, intercepts the pass. As he high steps, he’s slammed into a dinner table by former Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher.
Emmitt appears in the commercial ten seconds later as Barry Sanders runs past him with the football. Emmitt, resplendent his bow tie and tuxedo, tells the other guests at his table, “Y’all know I got more yards than they do, right?”.
Before listing the link so you can watch the commercial again (scroll down for the link), here’s a list of the people appearing (in chronological order): Roger Goodell, Dick Butkus, Mean Joe Greene, Aaron Donald, Peyton Manning, Orlando Pace, Alvin Kamara, Drew Brees, Michael Strahan, Rob Gronkowski, Brian Urlacher, Tyler “Ninja” Blevins (video game star), JuJu Smith-Schuster, Marshawn Lynch, Beth Mowins, Eli Manning, Ndamukong Suh, Mike Singletary, Christian McCaffrey, Joe Montana, MICHAEL IRVIN, Jerry Rice, DEION SANDERS, Larry Little/Paul Warfield/Larry Csonka (in teal jackets, members of the Dolphins’ undefeated championship team), Todd Gurley, Barry Sanders, EMMITT SMITH, LaDainian Tomlinson, Larry Fitzgerald, Ed Reed, Jim Brown, Baker Mayfield, Tom Brady, Terry Bradshaw, Patrick Peterson, Odell Beckham Junior, Derwin James, Jalen Ramsey, Franco Harris (re-creating his “Immaculate Reception”), Russell Wilson, Patrick Mahomes, SARAH THOMAS, Ron Torbert, Tony Gonzalez, Von Miller, SAM GORDON, Richard Sherman, and Saquon Barkley.
The commercial was directed by filmmaker Peter Berg whose credits include movies like Friday NightLights, Patriots Day, Lone Survivor, andDeepwater Horizon. To see the commercial, click here.