The Chicago Bears' "Super Bowl Shuffle" and the Top 10 NFL Music Videos
We all can remember the Super Bowl Shuffle with Walter Payton and Jim McMahon doing their shuffle freshly in our minds. What some have forgotten is that there were plenty of teams who took on the task of trying to create a music video to promote the team.
Some held the beliefs that their team would make the Super Bowl and failed, while others were just making a film for the pure fun it involved. Not every team took on this endeavor, but those who did left a lasting mark.
Here are 10 NFL teams who took to the mic.
10. San Francisco 49ers: Team of the Eighties
The 49ers rap consists of Roger Craig ripping his shirt apart a la Hulk Hogan as its main break from the norm. This video could have done a lot more to pull the audience in. First off, the team is not wearing their jerseys, making some of the players not as recognizable as they otherwise would be. Jerry Rice looking goofy on the mic and Doug DuBose's ridiculous Kurtis Blow flow do keep this video moving.
This was the team of the 1980's in football, not music.
9. Philadelphia Eagles: Buddy's Watching You
A shoutout to Head Coach Buddy Ryan here. The Eagles take on a total different mix of outfits in this song. There's Reggie White's Nike suit, Keith Jackson rocking the gold chain and Randall Cunningham with the suit. The Flavor Flav "Yeaah Boyyyyy" comments throughout keep this video very late 1980's/early 1990's styled with fun.
8. Washington Redskins: Thanks to the 12th Man
Brought along in 1986, we can definitely hear the mid-1980's with the high beat sound coming out of this track. This is the solo video in the list that incorporated the fans into the mix. One has got to give it up for the entire group putting a dance in along with the rap on this video. The 'Skins won three Super Bowls between 1982-1991, so we'll have to give them a little break even if they go with the jeans-jersey look. At least they got Darrell Green to make a cameo appearance.
7. Seattle Seahawks: Locker Room Rock
Here is the rare occasion where we transition from a rap song over to a rock song. Unfortunately, they were under the delusion that they could win the title in this given year. The Coasters' "Yakkety Yak" is used as the base song for this rendition that is clearly lacking in all phases. There's just a lot going on here that doesn't need description. Watch and find out for yourself.
6. Miami Dolphins: Can't Touch Us
Playing off the hugely successful hit "U Can't Touch This" by MC Hammer, the Dolphins came up with "Can't Touch Us." Not that original, but when you have Reggie Roby sporting a thick mustache and Richmond Webb dancing like nobody's business, the entertainment value can rise. I wanted to put this video lower, but they exude confidence that is delusional and quirky.
This video is light-hearted; the Dolphins players look incredibly weak as they don't even rap. All they do is make an occasional shout out against a rival team. Calling out Buffalo and Pittsburgh is nice and all, but creating your own song and actually rapping on it would have made it better.
5. Los Angeles Raiders: Silver and Black Attack
The longest song was put together here by the former L.A. Raiders. Howie Long rapping is something from an other-worldly state. This Run DMC rap with Howie is just goofy, including Howie's statement, "...We love to sit on running backs." The Marcus Allen videos of him running full force into the defense makes for some great video clips.
4. Cincinnati Bengals: The Who-Dey Rap
Who dey? Who dey think they gonna beat them Bengals? A line that has been repeated time and time again. A reminder of successful times for this franchise, which has struggled since their crushing defeat to Joe Montana and the 49ers in Super Bowl XXIII. What has to be loved about the team here is that they have the look of N.W.A (without the weapons), but are a little more soulful. In the end, they are just having fun with the song.
3. Deion Sanders: Must Be the Money
This is an example of something being so bad that you have to consider it good. Deion Sanders can't rap as his voice fluctuates at a level not clear to the masses. Talking about gators on your feet is just not the cleanest line one can bring out lyrically, either.
But to his credit, Sanders keeps within the frame of the song and makes it all fall into place. A shallow and meaningless song, but one that can keep you laughing or at least amused.
2. Los Angeles Rams: Rammers, "Ram It"
The amount of sexual innuendo in this film is staggering. Instead of just going by the team name of the Rams, in this video they are known as the Rammers and the song is called Ram It. It also should be noted the main men in this video are Jackie Slater and one Eric "Dickerson."
Dickerson's own quote, "the guys call me dick instead of Dickerson," can sum up quite a bit about where this song went.
It is slightly catchy and I actually wanted to rank it at number one. All the players seem to be all in with the song, and they even made a "making of" short for their video. Unfortunately, they didn't earn the jewelry for getting the top spot.
1. Chicago Bears: Super Bowl Shuffle
Could the top spot belong to anyone other than Samurai Mike Singletary and the Chicago Bears? They were a bad ass team that was as good as any you can list. Walter Payton, Richard Dent and Mike Singletary are just three among the strong group the Bears had while they crushed the Patriots in Super Bowl XX and crushed this song. They talked the talk and walked the walk. This is the basis for which all other football music videos must be measured.