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With Super Bowl 55 between the Buccaneers and Chiefs just minutes away, fans watching from around the globe were treated to an iconic pre-game speech from none other than Vince Lombardi himself.
Well, sort of.
The legendary coach, who was renowned for his powerful motivational talks during his decorated football career, was brought to life inside the Raymond James Stadium with the use of a hologram.
But instead of using an old recording from one of his many addresses, the NFL re-recorded his voice to deliver a new speech that touched on important topics such as the global pandemic and the fight against racial injustices.
Vince Lombardi had one more pregame speech left in him. #SuperBowl pic.twitter.com/wD98u9sUFA
- Patrick Schmidt (@PatrickASchmidt) February 7, 2021
For most, even witnessing a hologram of Lombardi served as a powerful moment just seconds before kick-off in the biggest sports game of the year.
But for others, they didn't seem too impressed.
Author Mark Russell tweeted: "Why does the Super Bowl's fake Vince Lombardi have the voice of Bane from the Dark Knight Rises?"
While New York magazine editor Justin Miller added: "Hologram Lombardi sounded like we're going to invade Normandy, not watch 4 hours of football."
As another said: "Vince Lombardi's appearance was a little creepy."
Hologram had Vince Lombardi looking like a black man, lol.
- Bonta Hill (@BontaHill) February 7, 2021
all of america looking at hologram vince lombardi pic.twitter.com/98KiUQ2rbG
- Conor Ryan (@ConorRyan_93) February 7, 2021
Hologram Lombardi sounded like we're going to invade Normandy, not watch 4 hours of football
- Justin Miller (@justinjm1) February 7, 2021
Vince Lombardi's appearance was a little creepy. How about George Halas next year! @SuperBowl @WGNRadio
- Bob Sirott (@BobSirott) February 7, 2021
Why does the Super Bowl's fake Vince Lombardi have the voice of Bane from the Dark Knight Rises?#SuperBowl
- Mark Russell (@Manruss) February 7, 2021
But while some seemed a little freaked out by the NFL great's hologram, others were quick to praise the NFL for the genius idea.
Tupac hologram should take on virtual Vince Lombardi in an epic rap battle
- McNeil (@Reflog_18) February 7, 2021
Yo I'm so freaking fired up right now. Let's freaking gooooooooooooooooooooooo#SuperBowl
- Dan Orlovsky (@danorlovsky7) February 7, 2021
The Vince Lombardi hologram was pretty awesome! #SuperBowl pic.twitter.com/ngZYVp5diZ
- Billy Brewer (@BillyBrewer) February 7, 2021
Nice work by @DigitalDomainDD for that Vince Lombardi spot and hologram using their face-swap technology called Charlatan https://t.co/Ahq0oogyzq pic.twitter.com/nFrLH4DYz5
- Ian Failes (@ianfailes) February 8, 2021
Fun fact: the guy that portrayed Vince Lombardi is Russ Hutchison.. a Topeka native. #SuperBowl pic.twitter.com/NTmq08IHUD
- Harold R. Kuntz (@HaroldRKuntz3) February 7, 2021
Virtual Vince Lombardi is getting me ready to RUN THROUGH A WALL#SuperBowl
- Rex Castillo (@rexcastillotv) February 7, 2021
This Lombardi Pre show moment is giving me the chills
- Towelliee (@towelthetank) February 7, 2021
Deep fake Lombardi needs to be in a Star Wars film.
- Josh Gad (@joshgad) February 7, 2021
That Lombardi intro for the #SuperBowl was AMAZING!! Major goosebumps
- BATTLE (@battleonair) February 7, 2021
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