Joe Montana for Skechers Shape-Ups, Jimmy Johnson for ExtenZe penis pills they are the current examples of embarrassing athlete commercials. But do they even crack the list of the 20 most hilariously awful athlete ads of all-time?
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#1 Pete Rose's SUPERCHARG'R Energy Bar
Don't have the necessary energy to call in a bet on the baseball team you're managing? You know what you need? Carob! In the late 70s and early 80s Charlie Hustle endorsed the SUPERCHARG'R Energy Bar, a snack that was so cram-packed with energy that it didn't even have time for all of its vowels.
Of course, since we're talking about Rose, there was a bit of sleazy misdirection at play. The bar's wrapper touted the carob-coated treat as "nature's answer to candy,- but it also listed the snack's ingredients. First on the list? That most natural of ingredients: high fructose corn syrup. Candy historians have speculated that the bar finally died off after a disastrous "Send in 10 Wrappers, Get a Free Pete Rose Haircut- promotion.
As part of Rose's continuing commitment to serving children healthy snacks, he also endorsed Kool-Aid: