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Patrick Mahomes and Troy Polamalu debate dandruff protection for Head & Shoulders


By Kyle O'Brien, Creative Works Editor

August 20, 2019 | 3 min read

The NFL season is nearly here, and with it comes the debate over whether offense or defense wins games. Former defensive back Troy Polamalu and current quarterback Patrick Mahomes debate that – from a hair perspective – for Head & Shoulders in a new campaign.

Troy Polamalu and Patrick Mahomes

Troy Polamalu and Patrick Mahomes debate offense v defense

As the official shampoo of the NFL for over ten years, Head & Shoulders is letting the two stars debate over “offense wins games, but defense wins championships,” but adding the angle of fighting flakes in the shower.

In the spot, iconic hair ambassador Polamalu enters the locker room as Mahomes tells his teammates that using Head & Shoulders is “like great offense for my hair.” Polamalu comes in and says “it’s great defense against flakes.” As they debate, they present other opposites, like yin and yang, boxers and briefs, shaken and stirred. They agree to disagree, but over the course of the season, the two will battle it out on social media, sharing their perspectives on what’s more critical for hair and football success – a high-powered offense or a strong defense.

Mahomes reps team offense, and said in a release: “I’ve always been a fan of Head & Shoulders. I use the shampoo daily and grew up watching the brand work with some real NFL legends. I’m one hundred percent team offense! If my squad can attack defenses and score points like Head & Shoulders attacks flakes, I’m confident in our ability to win games this season.”

Polamalu countered: “I’m honored to show Patrick the ropes of working with Head & Shoulders, and always eager to talk about football. But I’m also here to remind the newbie that despite the NFL’s new offensive movement, whether it be on the field or for your hair and scalp, defense wins championships.”

Over the course of the NFL season, Head & Shoulders will be engaging players, experts, coaches and fans to get involved in settling the debate once and for all with social content and live activations.

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