In a new ad for Verizon, Julian Edelman is wandering around a football field with his cell phone trying to get a signal when Cecily Strong, who is seated on a giant Verizon sign for some reason, jokes, “Ironic, Edelman struggling with reception.” Edelman responds by saying “Two things I hate dropping: balls and calls.” Strong tells him that he needs to switch to the more reliable Verizon network where he can get a free 5G phone, at which point Strong starts throwing balls at the former Patriot, which he, of course, catches easily.
While the YouTube comments section for the ad is largely positive, not everyone loved the commercial. On Twitter, user @The_J_Breeding wrote, “I feel like Julian Edelman wearing a Patriots shirt in that Verizon commercial is like a bassist wearing his own band’s shirt.” That wasn’t quite as harsh as the response on Reddit from u/Imaginary_Ad_3912, who took to a thread in the r/CommercialsIHate subreddit full of people talking about how much they dislike Cecily Strong, especially in her Verizon ads. “Whoever she is, this new ad with Julian Edelman is just abysmal,” they wrote. So maybe the ad isn’t for everyone, but for some, it’s worthy of a good hearty chuckle.