Gen-Z Athletes Can’t Recognize Britney Spears, Seinfeld, Or AOL In Viral Video

A video featuring players from the Louisiana State University and Clemson University football teams has gone viral—and not because of sports. After the NCAA College Football Championship game on Monday, ESPN decided to to show team members, who were born between 1998 and 2001, pictures of famous 90s and early 00s celebrities. The results? For Millennials, kind of depressing—the players had no idea who most of the famous celebrities of that time were.

The video—which has been viewed a million times in less than 24 hours—features players including Trevor Lawrence, Grant Delpit, and Ja’Marr Chase from LSU, and Justyn Ross from Clemson. When asked who celebrities such as Britney Spears, Nas, and TLC were, they couldn’t tell. They also didn’t know the cast of Seinfeld or what the AOL dial-up screen meant.

“I don’t know who that is,” says a player when shown an image of Britney Spears, while another player insists: “I ain’t ever seen her before in my life.”


When presented with an image of the dial-up screen for AOL (sans that familiar screeching sound), they also were clueless: “I’m trying to figure out what the hell this is. What is this, actually?”

On Twitter, reactions were hilarious and sad as 90s folks and Millennials tried to come to terms with their irrelevance and mortality.

But it’s all good. In twenty years no one will remember their beloved icons because time marches on, not caring about fame or football or our insignificant lives!