What is it with NFL athletes and cereal boxes? Wheaties, the breakfast of champions, may have something to do with it, but apparently appearing on the coveted cereal is not enough for some NFL players. Instead, these players have achieved just enough greatness in the game of football that they have their own cereal. Not based on taste since they are all pretty basic cereals, the list of the top five focuses on creativity, humor and rarity in the cereal aisle.
Flutie Flakes - Doug Flutie
The Buffalo Bills were longing for a great quarterback since the days of Jim Kelly and in 1998, they got their answer with Doug Flutie. Flutie was the Tim Tebow of the Bills before Tebow existed. His ability to drive the fans into a frenzy apparently carried over to breakfast the next morning as Flutie Flakes became a big hit in the Buffalo area.
Basically a Frosted Flakes ripoff, the cereal continued production when Flutie joined the San Diego Chargers and even got a special 10th Anniversary release in 2008.
Moss' Magic Crunch - Randy Moss
Following a stellar rookie performance in 1998, Randy Moss knew what he had to do next: release the secret to his success. This would be Moss' Magic Crunch, a marshmallow filled cereal similar to Lucky Charms.
The loud crunch that most people heard was probably stale oats, but children can educate themselves when eating it with the special "M" shaped marshmallows. If only Moss could find one in storage today, he could try to use the "Magic" to reinvigorate his NFL career.
Breakfast Blitz - Green Bay Packers
With a name like Breakfast Blitz, I expected a caffeinated, clustered cereal that slammed my taste buds. Instead the box contains circular round honey oats. Huh? Instead of featuring any specific Green Bay Packers players, the Breakfast Blitz box has a couple of hands together in a team bonding huddle and the yellow helmets. Instead of wanting to go out and play football, the only thing that Breakfast Blitz does is make me want to sit on the couch and eat some Captain Crunch instead.
T.O's & Ochocino's - Terrell Owens and Chad Ochocino
Apparently, if your name ends in an "O," you are entitled to your own Cheerio's inspired cereal. Both of the limited edition cereals come with "Honey Nut Toasted Oats," or whatever the factory had left over. Ochocino looks uncomfortable on his cereal box while Owens just looks awkward in the Bills jersey on his because he's played for so many different teams.
Peyton's O's - Peyton Manning
Peyton's Pasta, Manning Mustard, or Colts' Cowboy Sausage all would have been less awkward names then the unusual Peyton's O's cereal. The box comes with the typical "Honey Nut Toasted Oats," but instead of the awkward pictures, Manning is featured in action on his box. The box also offers the valuable chance to win Manning memorabilia for lucky eaters.
Alan Donahue has written hundreds of sports articles. His favorite NFL team is the New York Giants. He collects sports memorabilia including action figures and cereal boxes.
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