Shaquille O'Neal Dresses as Papa John's Delivery Man to Surprise Locals with Pizza
There’s nothing better than a surprise pizza delivery — unless it’s delivered by one of the greatest NBA stars of all time, Shaquille O’Neal.
The retired athlete, 47, who is also a Board of Directors member and franchisee owner of Papa John’s pizza chain, recently surprised Los Angeles locals with a big pizza delivery.
Wearing a Papa John’s polo, O’Neal stopped by places like a community pool, a local temple and an auto shop to hand-deliver fresh pizzas and pose for a few photos with fans.
“We’re about to go deliver the pizzas to the people, this is not a commercial, people do not know we’re coming,” the basketball star said in a behind-the-scenes video.
In the video, the famed athlete and his film crew are seen riding in a bus from location to location before surprising L.A. residents with the pies.
“This is a really, really tough job, delivering pizzas,” O’Neal said.
At one of the sites, the Inside the NBA analyst was seen taking photos with a group of children, towering over them while holding up his finger to signify No.1 with the kids surrounding.
The day proved to be exhausting for the basketball star, who is seen napping in the car during some of the delivery trips in the video.
“We love pizza, we love pizza!” O’Neal chanted along with other Papa John’s staff members.
Shaq made headlines again earlier this week after addressing his feud with fellow NBA superstar Kobe Bryant.
After a little war of words, Bryant used Twitter to seemingly call a cease-fire, saying, “There is no beef with @SHAQ I know most media want to see it but it ain’t gonna happen. Ain’t nothin but love there and we too old to beef anyway #3peat.”
Bryant, 41, ruffled feathers with his former teammate earlier this week after making a comment suggesting that O’Neal was the reason why he didn’t win 12 championship rings.
“He’d be the greatest of all time. He’d be the first to tell you that. This guy was a force like I have never seen,” he said while he appeared on the stage at the PHP Agency Convention in Las Vegas. “It was crazy. Generally, guys at that size are a little timid and they don’t want to be big. This dude did not care. He was mean, he was nasty. He was competitive. He was vindictive. I wish he was in the gym. I would’ve had f—ing 12 rings.”
Bryant noted that “a lot of” the “contention” between himself and O’Neal during their 1996 to 2004 tenure as Los Angeles Lakers teammates was over the latter being out of shape.
In response, O’Neal commented on an Instagram post from and an account called Lakers Forever which including the clip and said, “U woulda had twelve if u passed the ball more especially in the finals against the pistons #facts.”
After Bryant cleared the air, O’Neal responded and said “It’s all good bro.”