The graphic was put up on the official NFL Instagram account an hour ago. Almost immediately, the comments poured in about what a goofy decision it was to put Sheeran in the middle, ostensibly making him the focus of the NFL’s huge opening game.
Olivia Witherite of The Athletic posted the graphic on Twitter. It is starting to take off on social media.
this graphic is objectively hilarious pic.twitter.com/S3o4Ptt2qi
— OLIVIA witherite (@Oliviawitherite) September 7, 2021
Ed Sheeran’s presence in general has been called into question since it was announced that he’d play ahead of the game. He’s one of the biggest musicians in the world, but his music doesn’t exactly scream “get fired up for a physical game of American football.”
Ah yes, nothing screams NFL kickoff music like (checks notes) Ed Sheeranhttps://t.co/MZiHijcqho
— Dave Rappoccio (@DrawPlayDave) September 7, 2021
What would the three people in this photo even talk about if you locked them in a room together https://t.co/UkqVsnQyH5
— Shehan Jeyarajah (@ShehanJeyarajah) September 7, 2021
I’ve been randomly playing “Sing” by Ed Sheeran cause I didn’t know Pharell produced it (music is great, silly lyrics like Ed usually has).
But who decided he’s the best option for NFL Kickoff? Thought y’all said Olivia Rodrigo’s music was hot in these streets or something https://t.co/r4Z4O2Puw6
— Evan Barnes〽️ (@evan_b) September 7, 2021
The NFL tries *so hard* to make the kickoff concert as big as the Super Bowl halftime show, and it will never ever happen. https://t.co/RFnEVqEKkH
— Matt Bagley (@BagleySports) September 7, 2021
Others have made plenty of jokes about some of the subpar quarterback situations around the league (and yes, there are a number of Andy Dalton jokes out there.)
featuring Andy Dalton 🔥 https://t.co/92fk8GvLNX
— Elite Andy Dalton (@EvilAndyDalton) September 7, 2021
Prescott, Dalton, and Brady 🔥 https://t.co/fdjG2Ug9aM
— Shawn (@PalmerGuyBoston) September 7, 2021
Why is the NFL promoting Andy Dalton ahead of dak and Brady? https://t.co/g6cSsbyRzu
— Take Haver (@weave221) September 7, 2021
i don't think andy dalton looks like he's doing very well https://t.co/qJ3p1mjkVj
— Jack Byrom (@JackByrom) September 7, 2021
Justin Fields wasn’t ready to perform the kickoff concert either, apparently.