That is the premise of Victor Cruz’s recent debut in the famous “This is SportsCenter” series of commercials for ESPN. In the spot, the Giants wide receiver is joined by All-Pro tight end Jimmy Graham as the roles are reversed and they draft ESPN anchors at a table surrounded by a Raiders fan, the Eagles and Patriots mascots, and a handful of cheerleaders. In other words, a typical setting for a SportsCenter commercial.
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Over the years, appearing in these ads has become a rite of passage for the best players in the world of sports, including Eli Manning.
His 2006 “Wet Willy” commercial with Peyton and the rest of the Manning family still ranks fourth all-time in the history of the campaign, as voted on by fans.