Terry Tate Office Linebacker



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  Triple T -  Terrible Terry Tate

Terry Tate: Office Linebacker was a series of short comedy TV commercials created by Rawson Marshall Thurber, for Reebok, based on a short film pilot he created in 2000; Tate was first shown at Super Bowl XXXVII in 2003. The short films feature Lester Speight as "Terrible" Terry Tate, an American Football linebacker who "gives out the pain" to those in the office who are not obeying office policies.

Originally Reebok produced 6 episodes between August to December 2002 with another episode Terry Tate, Office Linebacker: Sensitivity Training being made on February 1, 2004. Even Reebok in the United Kingdom made an episode called Late Lunch on January 22, 2005. There are a total of 9 episodes. The advertising campaign was one of the most successful of those in the history of the Super Bowl halftime shows.  


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Original Terry Tate commercial – 2003 Super Bowl 


Terrible Terry Tate


Sensitivity Training




Office Linebacker History


Cake Stealer




Draft Day


Late Lunch

The catch phrases include "The pain train's comin'", "You kill the joe, you make some mo'", "You can't cut the cheese wherever you please!", "Cu'z when its game time, it's pain time!", "Don't bring that weak ass stuff up in this humpty-bumpty" and "Woo-woo!" After tackling a worker, Terry usually leaves him with a "WOOH!"

While the first episode of the series implies that hiring an office linebacker is a highly unorthodox practice (one described as "thinking outside the box"), future episodes depict office linebackers as a common occurrence.

Get out the vote - "That's all kindsa constitutional baby!"

Reading is Fundamental - Terry and Sarah Palin

From Russia with Love - Terry and Sarah Palin

 Though successful in attracting viewers and attention, the ads ability to increase recognition of the Reebok brand has been questioned, with only 55% of respondents on an on-line poll indicating they realized the ad was affiliated with the company.

Despite being aired only once on national television, the short was downloaded more than seven million times from Reebok's website, crashing the website. It takes a pretty potent commercial to do that! -Wikkipedia

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