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Pizza Hut Is Giving Away Free Pizza if This Super Bowl Record Is Broken

Super Bowl XLVIII volunteer Andrew Esoldi, left, of Englewood Clifs, N.J., and Peter Clark, a tourist from Australia, eat pizza on Super Bowl Boulevard on Jan. 29, 2014, in New York
Super Bowl XLVIII volunteer Andrew Esoldi, left, of Englewood Clifs, N.J., and Peter Clark, a tourist from Australia, eat pizza on Super Bowl Boulevard on Jan. 29, 2014, in New York. AP Photo/Julio Cortez


Who can forget the beginning of the 2007 Super Bowl between the Indianapolis Colts and the Chicago Bears? It took only 14 seconds for the Bears’ Devin Hester to make history.

As camera flashes flickered, Adam Vinatieri of the Colts kicked off. From there, it was all Hester. The rookie speedster took the rock 92 yards, untouched, to paydirt. His opening kickoff return to score was the fastest score in Super Bowl history.

This year, Hester and Pizza Hut are betting that no one can do it faster.

Hut Rewards Is Betting on the Super Bowl

Pizza Hut’s customer reward program, Hut Rewards, uses the slogan “Get Rewards Faster.” Under the program, every $1 spent equals two points. Once you earn 150 points, you get a free two-topping pizza.

As an incentive to get people to sign up for Hut Rewards, the pizza chain signed Devin Hester on as a spokesperson. Here’s the pitch:

“I'm teaming up with Pizza Hut to challenge players in this year's Big Game to score a touchdown faster than I did in 2007. If they do, and I hope they do, Hut Rewards members will earn free pizza.”

That means if you join Hut Rewards and someone runs the opening kickoff for a touchdown faster than Hester did in the 2007 Super Bowl, you’ll get a credit for a free medium two-topping pizza.

Is it possible? Sure. While the Eagles didn’t have any returns for a touchdown this season, on Nov. 12, 2017, the Patriots’ Dion Lewis took just 15 seconds to return a kickoff 103 yards for a score. That sort of speed is on par with Hester’s. You’d just need a short kick and bad coverage. It’s not likely, but it could happen. Sign up and see what happens.

It’s not like you’re waiting for the Vikes to win a Super Bowl. (Too soon?)

Tyler Omoth is a senior writer at The Penny Hoarder who loves soaking up the sun and finding creative ways to help others. He’s pretty sure he pulled a hamstring just watching that Dion Lewis highlight. Catch him on Twitter at @Tyomoth.

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