Men's Basketball

Sister Jean Appears in Super Bowl Ad

Nick Schultz | The PhoenixSister Jean celebrates Loyola's win over Southern Illinois Jan. 27.

Loyola men’s basketball team chaplain Sister Jean Dolores-Schmidt, BVM, who became an international celebrity during the 2018 NCAA Tournament, made an appearance in a commercial during Super Bowl LIII Sunday night.

The ad, which was for YouTube TV, was titled “Watch Like a Fan” and featured clips from major TV shows and fan reactions to sporting events. Sister Jean’s cameo came 0:20 into the commercial.

While some fans might have been surprised to see Sister Jean make a cameo during football’s biggest night, she knew she’d get screen time. YouTube TV had to get permission to use her likeness, but she didn’t know when it would air.

“I hadn’t seen it ahead of time,” she told The Phoenix. “It was fun.”

Former Loyola center Carson Shanks, who graduated after last year’s run, appeared in the commercial hugging the 99-year-old nun after an NCAA Tournament victory and took to Twitter to showcase his reaction to the ad.

In a phone interview with The Phoenix, Shanks said he was on the bus with the team back from a game struggling to watch the game when he got a text from a friend who saw him hug Sister Jean in the commercial.

“I kind of thought my five minutes of fame were up and sure enough, I get a second and a half with Sister Jean and it all starts over again,” Shanks said. “It was really cool … to be in a commercial on the biggest sports day of the year is a pretty cool feather to put in the cap.”

As for the game, itself, the New England Patriots defeated the Los Angeles Rams 13-3 for their sixth Super Bowl title. Fans were quick to jump on social media and criticize the lack of action in the game, as only one touchdown was scored.

Sister Jean agreed, saying she wished it would’ve been more entertaining and higher-scoring.

“I would’ve liked it to be more exciting and get closer like in the 20s or something like that,” Sister Jean said. “It was kind of boring.”

YouTube TV didn’t respond to a request for comment at the time of publication.

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