The best college football news of the year:
BREAKING: Jim Connor, who spent the past several years playing football fanatic Larry Culpepper in Dr. Pepper commercials, has told me that the company will not feature Culpepper in commercials going forward. Connor says the decision “Rocked my world” and was “An incredible gig.” pic.twitter.com/an0DJBKO0w— Adam Carriker (@AdamCarriker94) May 21, 2018
Larry Culpepper, a corporate mascot who ran his course about 13 minutes after first being trotted out in 2014, is no more, according to a report out of Nebraska, from where the actor who portrays him hails.
How well you receive this news depends on two things, based on a review of social media reactions: 1. Whether you’re also from Nebraska, and 2. How much college football you watch, which translates to how much Culpepper you’ve had to watch during the last four years.
The following people, like me and probably you, watch a shitload of college football:
Hopefully they will get a less creepy character. Like Pennywise. https://t.co/3B843QSqTr— Cecil Hurt (@CecilHurt) May 21, 2018
do not let this minor victory fool you you larry culpepper has killed and will kill again— martin rickman (@martinrickman) May 21, 2018
I'm a little ashamed to say how high this ranks on the list of recent good news but to hell with that FREEEEEEEEDOMMMMMMMMMMMM (until the next awful campaign) https://t.co/1tA0wMQiki— Ace Anbender (@AceAnbender) May 21, 2018
Just told my office about this. The sports staff celebrated. Everyone else was legitimately sad about it. https://t.co/OKUJ83r5hI— Matt Scalici (@MattScalici) May 21, 2018
our long national nightmare has ended https://t.co/bcZ4rCqMUl— Robby Kalland (@RKalland) May 21, 2018
I NEVER THOUGHT I'D LIVE TO SEE THE DAY https://t.co/uDsbdYFUmO— Rodger Sherman (@rodger_sherman) May 21, 2018
best possible start to the 2018 season— David Ubben (@davidubben) May 21, 2018
I entombed Larry Culpepper in a wine cellar several months ago, please do not acknowledge this blatant attempt at a cover up— Peter Berkes (@peterberkes) May 21, 2018
Some people are sad about Culpepper’s exit, which I can’t begin to comprehend.
As far as Connor goes, you should know this:
If you go to this guy's IMDB profile he's had a prolific career in a lot of good stuff, so he'll be fine not doing this role. And so will we. https://t.co/6DDqf5m7Qe— Seth Emerson (@SethWEmerson) May 21, 2018
He’s an actual actor who was in tons of movies and shows you’ve seen! Parks and Rec! A Will Ferrell movie! A Jack Nicholson movie! And so forth! He’s doing great, and now the rest of us are as well.
Thank you, Larry, for all you’ve done today.