From the 2012 Summer Olympics in London to a triple crown-winner in Major League Baseball, the 2012 sports world saw it all.
Now, let's see it on Super Bowl Sunday.
We've seen enough LeBron James and Tom Brady ads to last us a lifetime.
How about letting some new stars shine?
Here are three athletes we'd love to see in ads on Super Bowl Sunday.
It wasn't her performance with the "Fab Five" U.S. women's gymnastics gold-medal team that thrust McKayla Maroney into the spotlight.
It was her reaction to placing second in the vault finals that sent the Internet and social media ablaze.
How there has not been a "McKayla Maroney is not impressed" commercial yet is mind blowing.
It obviously wouldn't be a serious commercial, but our favorite ads during the Super Bowl usually come from the comedy department.
There are plenty of things that directors can come up with to have Maroney "not impressed" with, starting with this article.
Mike Trout took the MLB by storm in 2012, running away with the Rookie of the Year award. The outfielder hit .326 with 30 HR, 83 RBI and swiped 49 bags in a mere 139 games as a member of the Los Angeles Angels.
Trout also put his defensive abilities on display, robbing multiple MLB players of home runs at the wall this season.
Can't you just see it now?
Perhaps some sort of spoof where a little kid bombs a ball to the wall only to have Trout literally come out of no where and rob him?
Welcome to the big leagues, little man.
NJ.com has already reported that Trout will appear in a commercial repping Subway, but I'd like to see him in more of an entertaining ad than one with Justin Tuck and Jared Fogle.
After her shocking upset of Serena Williams at the 2013 Australian Open, Sloane Stephens became a national media sensation.
Her Twitter account blew up and so did her recognition throughout the game of tennis.
I wouldn't peg this to be a comedic ad, but rather a more serious and self-motivating one.
Perhaps something with Stephens narrating the story of her defeat of Williams in an Under Armour commercial.
I know we all watch for the funny commercials but what Stephens accomplished by beating arguably the greatest women's tennis player of all time should be recognized on a national stage like the Super Bowl.