There’s a great Livingston County connection to the NFL100 Super Bowl commercial

Peyton Manning in the acclaimed NFL100 Super Bowl commercial.
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In the midst of a Super Bowl that was considered one of the most boring of all time, the one thing that everybody is talking about today is that awesome #NFL100 commercial, in which NFL stars of the past and present destroy a banquet hall as they play an impromptu game of football.

Peter Berg wearing his Mt. Brighton cap in “Aspen Extreme.”

The spot has been universally voted the best Super Bowl commercial of the year, and one of the best ever.

And best of all – there’s a great Livingston County connection to it.

The commercial was directed by Peter Berg, who has become one of the most accomplished and respected TV and film directors in Hollywood. His long list of directorial credits includes “Friday Night Lights,” “Deepwater Horizon” and “Battleship.”

Back in the early 1990s, though, Berg was primarily an actor, and one of his biggest roles came in the 1993 film “Aspen Extreme,” which was filmed in large part at Mt. Brighton. Berg played a doofus ski bum named Dexter Rutecki who (in the film) works at Mt. Brighton. In fact, he wears a “Mt. Brighton Maintenance” baseball cap throughout much of the film.

Berg spent the spring of 1992 in Livingston County as “Aspen Extreme” was being filmed at Mt. Brighton. And while the film was not a critical success, it did help propel Berg on to bigger and better things. In 1995, he landed a role as Dr. Billy Kronk on the critically acclaimed series “Chicago Hope,” before eventually transitioning into directing.

And his latest success came on Super Bowl Sunday.

For a look at Peter Berg on Mt. Brighton in “Aspen Extreme,” see the clip below.

About Buddy Moorehouse 191 Articles
Longtime Livingston County journalist Buddy Moorehouse is director of communications at the Michigan Association of Public School Academies.

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