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Star of a Beloved 1980s Super Bowl Ad Re-Creates Role in New Super Bowl Spot — for a Much Different Product; Here Are Both Videos

Feb 3, 2012  •  Post A Comment

A former NFL star who appeared in one of the most memorable Super Bowl ads in history is reprising his role for an ad in this year’s game, the Los Angeles Times’ Show Tracker blog reports.

"Mean Joe" Greene was the star of a beloved 1980s Super Bowl spot that featured the Pittsburgh Steeler hobbling off the field and being offered a Coke by a young boy. Now he’s back in a commercial that remakes that iconic ad, the story reports.

The differences? Greene is grayer, of course, and the spot isn’t for Coca-Cola but for Downy Unstopables In-wash Scent Booster. And the little kid who handed Greene the Coke is replaced by Amy Sedaris.

It’s not the only Super Bowl ad to look back to the 1980s, with Matthew Broderick playing an older version of Ferris Bueller in an ad for this year’s game, the story points out.

The Downy ad will air during the pre-game show on NBC.

Here’s the old Coca-Cola spot:

And the new Downy spot:

A few other ads for this year’s Super Bowl can be seen by clicking here.

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