It was just a few days ago that Chicago Bears wide receiver Chase Claypool deemed quarterback Justin Fields a “superstar”. Well, Fields is certainly one of the stars in the NFL’s new ad promoting the upcoming regular season which begins on September 7.
Bears’ ‘Superstar’ Justin Fields Featured in NFL’s New Ad
Justin Fields Opts for ‘Actual Wheels’ in New Ad
The video features comedian Keegan-Michael Key as the NFL’s lead “scriptwriter” and sees several notable players offer their input on what should happen to their characters. It also features Dexter Lawrence of the New York Giants, Jalen Ramsey of the Miami Dolphins, and even the mother of brothers Jason and Travis Kelce made an appearance.
Fields, the No. 11 overall pick in the 2021 draft, is seated at the table with the other players and Mrs. Kelce.
He suggests they “replace my legs with actual wheels”.
— Chicago Bears (@ChicagoBears) August 24, 2023
Fields broke the Bears franchise single-season record for most rushing yards by a quarterback last season and finished with the second-most rushing yards by a quarterback in a single season in NFL history.
But he has said that is not something he’s looking to replicate next season and has vowed to become the Bears’ first 4000-yard passer next season. The Bears have gone about trying to make that happen, upgrading his weaponry and protection from this time last season, most notably adding wide receiver DJ Moore via trade from the Carolina Panthers.
Of course, this is just the latest endorsement that Fields has given, not the first. Not by a long shot.
Justin Fields, Spokesman
Fields inked a new brand deal with Reebok earlier this offseason and showcased their iconic shoe – The Pump – during a team outing to the United Center in June. Fields’ endorsement portfolio includes brands like Bose, Chipotle, GMC, Oakley, and many others, per OSDB Sports.
— Josh Buckhalter (@JoshGBuck) June 9, 2023
“My plan right now is to not really touch any of my contract money and just pretty much live off of the marketing money,” Fields said, per Front Office Sports in 2021.
While Fields has been shining off the field, the Bears need him to do the same on it.
Justin Fields Will Play in Preseason Finale
Amid a slew of injuries, particularly along the offensive line, Bears head coach Matt Eberflus announced that the healthy starters, including Fields, would play in Week 3 of the preseason against the Buffalo Bills.
Eberflus admitted earlier in the week that the injuries up front could alter their plans. But, with the strong possibility that they will be without at least one of their projected starters – left guard Teven Jenkins – for several weeks, it makes sense to let Fields get comfortable with the linemen who will be protecting him in the regular season opener against the Green Bay Packers.
The Bears’ official inactives list is not out yet. But there should be some key names on it which complicates things for Week 1. They did get Nate Davis back to practice on Thursday.
Yannick Ngakoue, Rasheem Green and Nate Davis were also back
— Josh Buckhalter (@JoshGBuck) August 24, 2023
Eberflus said he expects Claypool and safeties Eddie Jackson and Jaquan Brisker to be ready for Week 1. But Fields has taken just seven snaps this preseason orchestrating two drives for two long touchdowns. Getting him more work this weekend makes sense, especially under the circumstances the Bears currently face.