Betty White is an absolute national treasure. Even until her death at 99, she continued to prove that she was just as funny, classy and beautiful as she was during her rise to Hollywood stardom in the 1940s and 1950s.
Few actresses can say they have a filmography that spans more than 80 years. From playing Sue Ann Nivens on “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” in the 1970s to cracking everyone up as Rose Nylund on “The Golden Girls” in the 1980s and even appearing on game shows like “Match Game,” there’s a reason she’s known as the “Grand Dame of Television.”
Naturally, Betty has dabbled in sports. She’s guest starred on WWE Raw, shot hoops with Shaq and even thrown shade at Johnny Manziel. There isn’t a greater moment than her memorable Super Bowl Snickers commercial in 2010, though.
Betty White Snickers Commercial
I have to start by saying a lot of great, hilarious Super Bowl commercials have aired across the country over time. Coca Cola’s “Mean Joe Greene” ad remains a classic, and anything Budweiser has done has us in stitches.
When Snickers enlisted the golden girl herself during Super Bowl XLIV, Betty White had all of America laughing their granny panties off.
Betty finds herself playing some serious tackle football with the guys. She runs (OK, more like walks) for a pass and gets laid out straight into the mud. Hello ref, where’s the flag?
When Betty gets back to the huddle, a teammate asks, “Mike, what is your deal?” White tells him that he’s been “riding me all day.” Another football player drops the line “you’re playing like Betty White out there,” and she hilariously quips back, “that’s not what your girlfriend says.”
Of course, all is right on the field when the white-haired celebrity eats a Snickers candy bar and magically turns into Mike. We’re left with a scene of the quarterback (who is now actor Abe Vigoda) getting sacked into another dimension.
This was one of many of genius “you’re not you when you’re hungry” Snickers ads. Getting Betty White to sign up for it and get leveled into the dirt must have been the hard part (I’m convinced she did all her own stunts). I’m sure eating a Snickers bar was an easy decision.
To this day, this Super Bowl ad remains one of my favorites. There’s something about grandma taking to the football field that is just so perfect. To be honest, I remember this more than I do the outcome between the New Orleans Saints and Indianapolis Colts.
Betty’s passing on December 31, 2021 — New Year’s Eve — saddened the nation. Let’s remember her legacy by appreciating her incredible talents.