As the highly anticipated 2016 NFL season kicks off, ESPN has launched a new “This is SportsCenter” commercial starring Pittsburgh Steelers’ All-Pro wide receiver Antonio Brown playing the role of ESPN’s “receptionist.”
Titled “Phone Calls,” the 30-second spot showcases Brown boasting of a potentially record-breaking performance manning the phone in ESPN’s LA office. SportsCenter anchor Neil Everett plays the role of skeptic as Brown brags about another great day of “receptions.”
Front Row spoke with Brown about joining the “TISC” franchise, how it compares to his experience at ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars,” and more.
What was it like working with Neil?
He was really cool to work with. He has a great personality and it made it easier for me.
Besides this one, what are some of your favorite “This is SportsCenter” spots?
I really like the one with Lebron [James] and SC anchor Scott Van Pelt stealing his chair. It’s funny to see Lebron in his younger years especially in a comedic role.
How does acting in a “TISC” ad compare to competing on ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars?”
It’s kind of similar. Every week on “DWTS” I was trying to perfect my moves and it was the same with “TISC” – I was trying to perfect my moves and act in a way that would engage the audience.
You’re playing in the first Monday Night Football game of the season. What does playing on MNF mean to you?
Playing on MNF means EVERYTHING! There’s nothing to do on Monday night but watch football! As a player, it’s an honor to get that type of stage and platform and be in front of your peers – you know that everyone is watching. It’s an opportunity to compete at a higher level and you have to take advantage of it.
You’ve indicated you might incorporate some of your “DWTS” dance moves in your end zone celebrations. Which move might we see if you score against the Washington Redskins during MNF?
I think you might see my fox trot and maybe little bit of hip movement.