Holograms could be the new way to introduce NFL players — and Tom Brady loves itSporting News — gabrielle.McMillen@performgroup.com (Gabrielle McMillen)
Tom Brady, a hologram?
That could become a reality as former NFL player Tully Banta-Cain looks to develop the idea as soon as this upcoming season.
“The whole key is the innovation factor,” Banta-Cain told Sports Illustrated. “Companies really want to get behind something that’s new and not traditional. It hasn’t been done. It doesn’t exist.”
Making holograms of people has already been done, most notably bringing late rapper Tupac Shakur back to life during a Coachella performance. Now Banta-Cain wants to bring it to the sports world.
He said he wants to make announcing the lineup at NFL games more interactive, with life-sized holograms of the starting lineups taking the field instead of showing players' faces on the Jumbotron.
Banta-Cain, who played for the Patriots and 49ers, said he has already reached out to his former teams about testing the idea. One person who is in his court? Pats quarterback Tom Brady.
“Once I told him he could be like Tupac … Tom was all excited about that,” Banta-Cain said. “I even told him we could get (a hologram) of him and Tupac performing together. So he got a kick out of that.”
But the holograms wouldn't stop with NFL players — or even living players.
Banta-Cain said he wants to create a "or Hallo-fames" project, which is holograms of people in different halls of fame. He said he can envision a live hologram of Babe Ruth hitting a home run, or a young Jim Brown talking about his MVP seasons.
Either way, we could be seeing 3D versions of top players in the not-so-distant future.