Advertising If You Didn't Like The Ad, What NFL Player Would You Rather See In The New Nike Campaign?  

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List Rules If you're unsatisfied with the new Nike ad, vote up the football players you think deserve to represent the brand. Only add active or retired NFL stars, no players who have died.

Thirty years after the inception of Nike's "Just Do It" advertisements, the company launched a new iteration of the campaign to mixed reactions. 

The advertisement features a close-up of former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick along with the phrase, "Believe in something. Even if it means sacrificing everything." Kaepernick hasn't been officially tied to an NFL team since after the 2016 season in which he took a knee during the National Anthem in opposition of police brutality. Based on Nike's new advertisement, it seems as though the corporation agrees with Kaepernick's choice. 

While many groups applauded Nike for keeping Kaepernick's message in the front of people's minds, others were totally turned off by the campaign, and some have even taken to burning their Nike products. While everyone has their own reason for liking or disliking the ad, some almost assuredly believe the honor should have gone to another player.

If you aren't satisfied with Nike's choice, it's time to vote up the NFL players you would have preferred to see in the ad. Do you think Nike should have chosen a seasoned veteran like Terry Bradshaw, or a celebrated champion like 2018 Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles? Only add active or retired NFL stars, no players who have died.  If you think Colin Kaepernick is the perfect choice, please abstain from voting. 

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Tim Tebow is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list If You Didn't Like The Ad, What NFL Player Would You Rather See In The New Nike Campaign?
Timothy Richard "Tim" Tebow is an American football quarterback who is currently free agent. Tebow played for the Denver Broncos and New York Jets of the National Football League. In ...more

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Larry Fitzgerald is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list If You Didn't Like The Ad, What NFL Player Would You Rather See In The New Nike Campaign?
Larry Darnell Fitzgerald, Jr. is an American football wide receiver for the Arizona Cardinals of the National Football League. He played college football for the University of Pittsburgh, and ...more

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Drew Brees is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list If You Didn't Like The Ad, What NFL Player Would You Rather See In The New Nike Campaign?
Drew Christopher Brees is an American football quarterback for the New Orleans Saints of the National Football League. After a prolific college football career at Purdue University, he was ...more

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Peyton Manning is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list If You Didn't Like The Ad, What NFL Player Would You Rather See In The New Nike Campaign?
Peyton Williams Manning is an American football quarterback for the Denver Broncos of the National Football League. A five-time league MVP, he played for the Indianapolis Colts for 14 seasons ...more

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Troy Polamalu is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list If You Didn't Like The Ad, What NFL Player Would You Rather See In The New Nike Campaign?
Troy Aumua Polamalu, born Troy Aumua, is a former American football strong safety who played his entire twelve year career for the Pittsburgh Steelers of the National Football League. He played ...more

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Darren Sproles is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list If You Didn't Like The Ad, What NFL Player Would You Rather See In The New Nike Campaign?
Darren Lee Sproles is an American football running back for the Philadelphia Eagles of the National Football League. He was drafted by the San Diego Chargers in the fourth round of the 2005 NFL ...more

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Brian Urlacher is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list If You Didn't Like The Ad, What NFL Player Would You Rather See In The New Nike Campaign?
Brian Urlacher is a former American football linebacker who spent his entire 13-year career playing for the Chicago Bears of the National Football League. He played college football for the ...more

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Michael Strahan is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list If You Didn't Like The Ad, What NFL Player Would You Rather See In The New Nike Campaign?
Michael Anthony Strahan is a retired American football defensive end who spent his entire 15-year career with the New York Giants of the National Football League. Strahan set a record for the ...more

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Russell Wilson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list If You Didn't Like The Ad, What NFL Player Would You Rather See In The New Nike Campaign?
Russell Carrington Wilson is an American football quarterback for the Seattle Seahawks of the National Football League. Wilson was selected by the Seahawks with the 12th pick in the third round ...more

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Bo Jackson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list If You Didn't Like The Ad, What NFL Player Would You Rather See In The New Nike Campaign?
Vincent Edward "Bo" Jackson is a retired American baseball and football player. He is the only athlete to be named an All-Star in two major American sports. He was named the greatest ...more

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Marshawn Lynch is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list If You Didn't Like The Ad, What NFL Player Would You Rather See In The New Nike Campaign?
Marshawn Terrell Lynch is an American football running back for the Seattle Seahawks of the National Football League. He is nicknamed "Beast Mode" for his aggressive running style and ...more

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Zach Ertz is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list If You Didn't Like The Ad, What NFL Player Would You Rather See In The New Nike Campaign?
Zachary Adam Ertz is an American football tight end for the Philadelphia Eagles of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Eagles in the second round of the 2013 NFL Draft. He played ...more

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Jerome Bettis is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list If You Didn't Like The Ad, What NFL Player Would You Rather See In The New Nike Campaign?
Jerome Abram Bettis Sr., nicknamed "The Bus," is a former American football halfback who played for the Los Angeles/St. Louis Rams and Pittsburgh Steelers of the National Football ...more

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Dan Marino is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list If You Didn't Like The Ad, What NFL Player Would You Rather See In The New Nike Campaign?
Daniel Constantine "Dan" Marino, Jr. is an American former football player who was a quarterback for the Miami Dolphins of the National Football League. The last quarterback of the ...more

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Donovan McNabb is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list If You Didn't Like The Ad, What NFL Player Would You Rather See In The New Nike Campaign?
Donovan Jamal McNabb is a retired American football quarterback who played in the National Football League for thirteen seasons. Before his NFL career, he played football and basketball for ...more

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Todd Gurley is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list If You Didn't Like The Ad, What NFL Player Would You Rather See In The New Nike Campaign?
Todd Gurley II is an American football running back for the Los Angeles Rams of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Georgia where he earned All-SEC honors in 2012 ...more

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Tony Romo is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list If You Didn't Like The Ad, What NFL Player Would You Rather See In The New Nike Campaign?
Antonio Ramiro "Tony" Romo is an American football quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League. He played college football for Eastern Illinois University, an ...more

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Brett Favre is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list If You Didn't Like The Ad, What NFL Player Would You Rather See In The New Nike Campaign?
Brett Lorenzo Favre is a former American football quarterback who spent the majority of his career with the Green Bay Packers of the National Football League. He was a 20-year veteran of the ...more

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Blake Bortles is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list If You Didn't Like The Ad, What NFL Player Would You Rather See In The New Nike Campaign?
Blake Bortles is an American football quarterback for the Jacksonville Jaguars of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Jaguars third overall in the 2014 NFL Draft. He played ...more

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Terry Bradshaw is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list If You Didn't Like The Ad, What NFL Player Would You Rather See In The New Nike Campaign?
Terry Paxton Bradshaw is a former American football quarterback who played for the Pittsburgh Steelers in the National Football League. Since 1994, he has been a TV analyst and co-host of Fox ...more

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Clay Matthews III is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list If You Didn't Like The Ad, What NFL Player Would You Rather See In The New Nike Campaign?
William Clay Matthews III, nicknamed CM3, is an American football linebacker for the Green Bay Packers of the National Football League. Matthews played college football for the University of ...more

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Emmitt Smith is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list If You Didn't Like The Ad, What NFL Player Would You Rather See In The New Nike Campaign?
Emmitt James Smith, III is an American former college and professional football player who was a running back in the National Football League for fifteen seasons during the 1990s and 2000s. ...more

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Rob Gronkowski is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list If You Didn't Like The Ad, What NFL Player Would You Rather See In The New Nike Campaign?
Robert James "Rob" Gronkowski, nicknamed "Gronk", is a tight end for the New England Patriots of the National Football League. He played college football for the University ...more

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Odell Beckham Jr. is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list If You Didn't Like The Ad, What NFL Player Would You Rather See In The New Nike Campaign?
Odell Cornelious Beckham Jr., is an American football wide receiver for the New York Giants of the National Football League. He was drafted by the New York Giants in the first round of the 2014 ...more

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Richard Sherman is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list If You Didn't Like The Ad, What NFL Player Would You Rather See In The New Nike Campaign?
Richard Kevin Sherman is an American football cornerback for the Seattle Seahawks of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Seahawks in the fifth round of the 2011 NFL Draft. He ...more

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Adrian Peterson is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list If You Didn't Like The Ad, What NFL Player Would You Rather See In The New Nike Campaign?
Adrian Lewis Peterson is an American football running back for the Minnesota Vikings of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Vikings seventh overall in the 2007 NFL Draft. He ...more

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Ben Roethlisberger is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list If You Didn't Like The Ad, What NFL Player Would You Rather See In The New Nike Campaign?
Benjamin Todd Roethlisberger Sr., nicknamed Big Ben, is an American football quarterback for the Pittsburgh Steelers of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Miami ...more

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Kam Chancellor is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list If You Didn't Like The Ad, What NFL Player Would You Rather See In The New Nike Campaign?
Kameron Darnel Chancellor is an American football strong safety for the Seattle Seahawks of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Virginia Tech, and was drafted by ...more

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Chad Ochocinco is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list If You Didn't Like The Ad, What NFL Player Would You Rather See In The New Nike Campaign?
Chad Javon Johnson, formerly Chad Ochocinco, is a gridiron football wide receiver for the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League. He played college football for both Santa Monica ...more

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Nick Foles is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list If You Didn't Like The Ad, What NFL Player Would You Rather See In The New Nike Campaign?
Nicholas Edward Foles is an American football quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Arizona and was drafted by the Eagles ...more

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Howie Long is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list If You Didn't Like The Ad, What NFL Player Would You Rather See In The New Nike Campaign?
Howard Matthew Moses "Howie" Long is an American former National Football League defensive end and actor. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2000, and is currently a ...more

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Eli Manning is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list If You Didn't Like The Ad, What NFL Player Would You Rather See In The New Nike Campaign?
Elisha Nelson "Eli" Manning is an American football quarterback for the New York Giants of the National Football League and is the active iron man for consecutive starts by a ...more

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Andrew Luck is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list If You Didn't Like The Ad, What NFL Player Would You Rather See In The New Nike Campaign?
Andrew Austen Luck is an American football quarterback for the Indianapolis Colts of the National Football League. He played college football for Stanford University, won the Maxwell Award and ...more

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Tom Brady is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list If You Didn't Like The Ad, What NFL Player Would You Rather See In The New Nike Campaign?
Thomas Edward Patrick "Tom" Brady, Jr., nicknamed Tom Terrific, is an American football quarterback for the New England Patriots of the National Football League. After playing college ...more

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Joe Flacco is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list If You Didn't Like The Ad, What NFL Player Would You Rather See In The New Nike Campaign?
Joseph Vincent "Joe" Flacco is an American football quarterback for the Baltimore Ravens of the National Football League. He played college football for the University of Delaware ...more

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Colin Kaepernick is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list If You Didn't Like The Ad, What NFL Player Would You Rather See In The New Nike Campaign?
Emily Mosley added Colin Rand Kaepernick is an American football quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers of the National Football League. He played college football for the University of Nevada Wolf Pack. At ...more

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Warren Sapp is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list If You Didn't Like The Ad, What NFL Player Would You Rather See In The New Nike Campaign?
Warren Carlos Sapp is a former American football defensive tackle. A Hall of Famer, Sapp played college football for the University of Miami, where he was recognized as a consensus All-American ...more