Shaq Is The New Face Of Papa John’s

March 22, 2019

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If Ramona wasn’t a fan of Papa John’s before, she is now! The pizza chain announced that her favorite man in the world, Shaq, is set to become the new face of the franchise.


The NBA Hall-of-Famer and analyst for NBA on TNT will join Papa John’s board of directors, and he’s also investing in nine Papa John’s stores in Atlanta. The company is also paying him $8.25 million for a three-year endorsement deal, which will leave Ramona scrolling endlessly through TV channels to watch his new Papa John’s commercials.

Shaq’s role as the face of the brand comes after the resignation of former chairman and CEO John Schnatter. Once known for being THE Papa John who delivered the catchy slogan “Better ingredients, Better pizza, Papa John’s,” Schnatter made a series of missteps that led to declining sales for the company. In 2017, Schnatter publicly criticized the NFL’s handling of player protests; in 2018, he dropped the N-word during a conference call.

Shaq said in a press release that he wants to be a part of improving the culture of Papa John’s from the inside out.