AI comps Steelers players to Super Mario Bros characters, and responses are hilarious

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The Super Mario Bros Movie shattered box office records. To close out the month of May, it surpassed Frozen as the second highest-grossing animated movie of all time, according to Pop Crave. Generations of Nintendo players sat alongside each other in theatres around the globe to soak in the nostalgia of the most popular game franchise in history. So we decided to do a little Mario-NFL mashup.

Like Super Mario Bros, the Pittsburgh Steelers have had some iconic characters over the years. Recently we asked AI to match Super Mario Bros characters with current and former players on the Steelers. The results were hilarious. Here's what Chat GPT came up with:

"Ben Roethlisberger - Mario: Ben Roethlisberger, the Steelers' veteran quarterback, can be compared to Mario, the iconic hero. Both are leaders who have been around for a long time and are known for their resilience and ability to overcome challenges.

T.J. Watt - Luigi: T.J. Watt, a standout linebacker and pass rusher, can be likened to Luigi, Mario's trusty sidekick. Both players have impressive athleticism and are known for their versatility and reliability on the field.

Najee Harris - Yoshi: Najee Harris, the talented rookie running back, can be matched with Yoshi. Like Yoshi, Harris possesses speed, agility, and the ability to make explosive plays. Both are young and bring excitement to their respective roles.

JuJu Smith-Schuster - Toad: JuJu Smith-Schuster, a dynamic wide receiver known for his energetic personality, can be associated with Toad. Both bring energy and enthusiasm to the team and have the ability to create excitement and big plays.

Minkah Fitzpatrick - Princess Peach: Minkah Fitzpatrick, the Steelers' star safety, can be compared to Princess Peach. Both are crucial figures who play a significant role in protecting their realms. Fitzpatrick, like Peach, has a strong presence and is reliable in crucial moments.

Cameron Heyward - Bowser: Cameron Heyward, the dominant defensive lineman, can be matched with Bowser. Both are powerful and disruptive forces that can wreak havoc on opposing offenses. Heyward, like Bowser, is a formidable presence on the field."

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Steelers Cameron Heyward receives the perfect Super Mario Bros comparison

Chat GPT didn't dig back very in far in time for most of these responses, but the responses were terrific. To no surprise, Ben Roethlisberger -- the face of the franchise for nearly the past two decades -- was compared to the lead man himself, Mario. AI described them as both 'iconic figures' with leadership qualities who have stood the test of time.

T.J. Watt was compared to Luigi -- Mario's sidekick little brother and partner in battle. Interestingly, AI compared Watt's relationship with his older brother J.J. as reasoning for this Super Mario Bros comparison. Chat GPT is a bit behind regarding J.J.'s retirement from the NFL.

The comparisons for former Steelers WR JuJu Smith-Schuster and current RB Najee Harris make sense to a degree. JuJu was compared to Toad thanks to his bubbly personality in Pittsburgh. He's known for his charisma and energy. Meanwhile, Harris is comped to Yoshi for his agility and his ability to traverse obstacles.

Artificial intelligence compares Steelers All-Pro safety, Minkah Fitzpatrick, to Princess Peach because of their crucial role in 'protecting their realms'. The most hilarious and perfect response was AI comparing Cameron Heyward to Bowser because of their powerful frames and brute force to wreak havoc.

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Asking AI to compare Pittsburgh Steelers players to Super Mario Bros gives us no insight whatsoever, but this was an enjoyable exercise. Nearly everybody is familiar with Super Mario Bros, so it's fun to get a visual side-by-side comparison in our heads between real-life football players and fictional video game characters.