Miami football coach Mark Richt once appeared in an Italian jeans commercial

May 12, 2016

New Miami Hurricanes football coach Mark Richt was once a student-athlete at the university. He played quarterback for the Hurricanes, serving as a backup to former Bills legend Jim Kelly. He was also the star of a "Jesus Jeans" commercial during his time in college.

Well, he wasn't actually the "star," per se, but he was a part of the shoot and made a brief appearance.

The news comes courtesy of Matt Porter of the Palm Beach Post, who graciously pointed it out.

The commercial is from 1982 when Richt was just a young college stud jumping rope and backing up future Hall of Famers. And it was all made possible thanks to a casting call for students.


"There was a casting call among UM students," former Miami student Michael Scott Sheerin told Porter. "I was a lifeguard at the pool. ... Just showed up and they picked a few of us."

Sadly, Richt and the other students weren't even allowed to keep the jeans after putting on such a terrific performance.