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‘Nice guy’ Evander Holyfield stars in anti-road rage commercial

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An angry driver is surprised by an SUV he believes cut him off when the man who emerges from the vehicle is none other than Evander Holyfield.

Yelling and cursing as he approaches, the man slams his right hand on the front of the vehicle, demanding that its operator “get out of the car,” adding, “I’m gonna tear you a new one.” Initially hidden by tinted windows, the grimacing four-time heavyweight champion emerges without speaking a word as his adversary backs down, saying, “I didn’t know it was you.”

“You have a conflict like that and you get out of your car, you never know who you’re going to run into,” said Holyfield, 52, a retired resident of Atlanta, Ga. “I mean, he’s lucky that I’m a nice guy but you could run into somebody who has a gun. You can be more sure about yourself if you just stay in your car.”

 



Click here for the full video of Holyfield’s showing that road rage is a bad idea.

Holyfield agreed to do the public service announcement for several Georgia law enforcement agencies and said it has received a good reaction.

“It’s been trending and everything. It seems like everybody’s getting the picture that you never know who you’re going to run into,” said Holyfield. “So I am hoping that this makes a difference and that you learn to just stay in your car because you never know who you’re going to run into.”

As a 17-year-old, Holyfield was challenged by an older driver in a similar situation. Although the other man was yelling at him, Holyfield, then a prominent amateur boxer who could more than hold his own, did the wise thing and avoided trouble.

“The thing is, I’m really a nice guy, and I would probably scare a person but if you get out of your car in situations like that, you know that anything can happen,” said Holyfield. “Of course, I’m the heavyweight champion of the world now, so I’m not going to be fighting anybody for free. But somebody else my not be as nice as I am. They might be frustrated and hurt you. You know, it takes two to tango. Stay in your car and you’ve got another way to get away.”

 

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