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Volume 26 No. 65
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OBJ, Barkley, Mack Featured In New Superhero Themed Nike Ad

Browns WR Odell Beckham Jr., Giants RB Saquon Barkley and Bears LB Khalil Mack "star in a new Nike commercial that gives each a comic book storyline," according to Jenna West of SI.com. The ad "starts with what you expect to be the Statue of Liberty until the camera flips" and it is a "statue of OBJ in all his glory standing above" the N.Y. skyline. Beckham "breaks out of his stone facade and leaps to his new home in Cleveland." Barkley "plays the role of Spider-Man to dodge skyscrapers downtown and defenders on the turf." The ad then "segues to a locker room filled with literal bears," where Mack "emerges to face his foes on the field" (SI.com, 5/30). VARIETY's Shirley Ju noted rapper Travis Scott's "bombastic 'Sicko Mode'" soundtracks the new spot "created by 22-year-old newcomer Gibson Hazard." Beckham "shared the minute-long video with his nearly 4 million Twitter followers on Thursday" (VARIETY.com, 5/30).