Today he’s just a D.C. bureaucrat, but come Super Bowl Sunday, David Johnson will be Pizza Hut’s last, best hope to sling pies before kick-off.
The chain held a contest challenging customers to come up with a catchy new jingle. Johnson, 31, a switchboard operator for the Department of Defense, penned a 30-second tune praising the Hut’s delivery time over that of its rivals: “Take it from your boy / if you order from those other places / you’ll just get annoyed.” He won, and the company flew him to a recording studio in Santa Monica, where he rapped over a rhythm track sampled from vintage Pizza Hut spots. The ad will run in a prime slot just before the game begins.
“It was my first time flying,” the Southeast resident told our colleague Aaron Leitko. “They flew me first class. They spoiled me. I’ll never be able to fly coach now because of Pizza Hut.”
• In other local Super Bowl news, the first family is foregoing its usual VIP party for a night in front of the TV, Michelle Obama said on Rachael Ray’s show. And the president told ABC News he won’t say whether he’s rooting for the Patriots or Giants. Election year, you know: “When the Bears are not involved, I can’t make predictions because I will get into trouble.”