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The 13 Best Chicago Sports Commercials Ever

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Chicago might be the Second City but its athletes are first-class pitchmen. Michael Jordan became the greatest shoe-seller in the world, and the 1985 Bears were willing to hawk pretty much any product you wanted, albeit for a pretty penny.

Here are the greatest commercials in Chicago sports history.

Jim McMahon for Taco Bell:

Jim McMahon and William Perry for Coke:

Brian Urlacher and David Ortiz for Vitaminwater:

Brian Urlacher for Old Spice:

Jeremy Piven: Detroit Sucks:

Kerry Wood finds Andre Dawson for State Farm:

Harry Caray: Cub Fan, Bud Man:

Michael Jordan and Larry Bird for McDonald’s:

Michael Jordan for Gatorade:

Michael Jordan and Spike Lee for Nike:

Niklas Hjalmarsson for the Blackhawks, and Ikea:

Dick Butkus and Bubba Smith for Miller Lite:

Derrick Rose for Adidas:

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