NFL fans, even those most committed to watching every play of the game, wonder every year about what kind of commercials they’ll see during the big game.
The allure of these grandiose commercials draws even those who could care less about the game of football to their television sets to see what kind of emotions they will invoke. Most people usually enjoy those that make them laugh.
And most of the commercials that usually end of being called the best of the Super Bowl are those of the comedic variety.
But the commercial featuring Los Angeles Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn was anything but funny. However, it was quite inspirational and perhaps even brought tears to your eyes.
Chargers’ HC Anthony Lynn with the next great commercial of Super Bowl LIII. Superb.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) February 4, 2019
Recently, a campaign was launched by Verizon showing NFL players and coaches who have been involved in serious accidents. They tell the story of how first responders likely saved their lives.
Oakland Raiders quarterback A.J. McCarron and Houston Texans defensive end Carlos Watkins are some of the players who have been featured in this ads.
For their commercial that ran during the Super Bowl, it was Lynn who told his story.
In August of 2005, Lynn and Todd Haley, both working as assistants on Bill Pacells’ staff with the Dallas Cowboys, were hit in a hit-and-run collision. Lynn describes the driver as going about 50 miles per hour when he hit them and being thrown through the air. He credits first responders with saving his life.
In the commercial, unbeknownst to him, those same first responders were among those he was addressing. It was a touching thing to see.
USA TODAY ranked the commercial as the No. 5 best of the Super Bowl. Thrillist decided to rank the top 50 commercials and apparently don’t see as much value in Lynn’s commercial, putting it at No. 14. However, the list also has Michael Buble’s “Bubly” commercial at No. 1, so it’s hard to take it too seriously.
Either way, it was nice to see a side of coach Lynn we don’t normally see. And obviously, we’re all very happy he’s still here.