Terry Tate Office Linebacker



Terry Tate: Office Linebacker was a series of short comedy TV commercials created by Rawson Marshall Thurber, for Reebok, based on a short film pilot he created in 2000; Tate was first shown at Super Bowl XXXVII. The short films feature Lester Speight as "Terrible" Terry Tate, an American Football linebacker who "gives out the pain" to those in the office who are not obeying the rules.

Originally Reebok produced 5 episodes in 2002 with another episode Terry Tate, Office Linebacker: Sensitivity Training being made in 2004.

The taglines include "The pain train's comin'", "You kill the joe, you make some mo'", "Cu'z when its game time, it's pain time!", "Don't bring that weak stuff up in this humpty-bumpty" and "Woo-woo!"

Sexual innuendo is incorporated throughout the Terry Tate ads. For example, Terry works for Felcher & Sons, the sensitivity trainer works for Sanchez, Steamer & Co. (references to the Dirty Sanchez and the Cleveland Steamer), the mail room employee is Paul Merkin, and the hotel manager is Gaston du Coque.

Lester "Rasta" Speight is a former college football player turned professional wrestler turned actor.

Speight's path to stardom began during his time at Morgan State University as a Division 1 All American Linebacker. He played for the Bears from 1982 to 1985 in defensive, offensive, and wide receiver roles.

In 1985 he signed with the Baltimore Stars of the USFL after scouts had witnessed his amazing 40 yard dash (with a time of 4.23 seconds according to Speight himself). Unfortunately for Speight, the USFL league folded before he even played one season.

Following his ill fated Professional football career, Speight moved on to Professional wrestling as "Rasta the Voodoo Man." It wasn't long however, before he quit wrestling to pursue an acting career.

He made his film debut in the 1993 film The Meteor Man. From there he went on to appear in other minor roles in many films including 13 Moons.

Speight has also appeared in many television shows such as Malcolm in the Middle, NYPD Blue, Arli$$, and My Wife and Kids as Calvin.

In 2003 Lester Speight appeared in a Reebok commercial that aired during the Superbowl. The role was based on a character that Speight had played in a short independent film in 2000. In the commercial Speight plays Terry Tate, an Office Linebacker charged with the enforcement of office policies. For example, when one employee takes the last drop of coffee and fails to start another pot, he is quickly tackled by Tate who stands over the man screaming "You kill the joe, you make some mo'!"

The ad received critical acclaim, and according to the Hollywood Reporter was the most watched part of the superbowl by TiVo viewers.Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.2 or any later version published by the Free Software Foundation; with no Invariant Sections, with no Front-Cover Texts, and with no Back-Cover Texts.
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