List of athletes on Wheaties boxes
In 1934, the breakfast cereal Wheaties began the practice of including pictures of athletes on its packaging to coincide with its slogan, "The Breakfast of Champions." In its original form, athletes were depicted on the sides or back of the cereal box, though in 1958 Wheaties began placing the pictures on the front of the box. The tradition has included hundreds of athletes from many different sports, and also team depictions.
This article lists the athletes or teams depicted on Wheaties boxes, along with the year(s) of depiction and sport played. This list is not all-inclusive, and athletes may have been shown together with teams and groups, or on the sides, back, or front of the box. Most athletes appeared on the standard Wheaties box, while others appeared on the Honey Frosted Wheaties (HFW), Crispy Wheaties 'n' Raisins (CWR), Wheaties Energy Crunch (WEC), or Wheaties Fuel (WF) boxes.
Around 1990, General Mills did a promotion called "Picture Yourself on a Wheaties Box," in which, for a fee, they would make a custom Wheaties box from one's own photograph that was sealed in clear acrylic. Kristi Yamaguchi, among other athletes, was featured in advertising this campaign.
|1987||Minnesota Twins||Baseball||World Series Champions (first team depicted on box)|||
|1988||Washington Redskins||Football||Super Bowl XXII|
|1992||Pittsburgh Penguins||Hockey||Stanley Cup Champions|
|1993||Dallas Cowboys||Football||Super Bowl XXVII Champions|
|1994||Dallas Cowboys||Football||Super Bowl XXVIII Champions|
|1995||Northwestern Wildcats||Football||Big Ten Champions|
|1995||Atlanta Braves||Baseball||World Series Champions|
|1995||Cleveland Indians||Baseball||American League Champions|
|1996||Dallas Cowboys||Football||Super Bowl XXX Champions|
|1996||U.S. Olympic Women's Gymnastics Team||Gymnastics||Olympic gold medalists|
|1997||U.S. Olympic men's ice hockey team||Hockey (men)||Olympic gold medalists (1980)|
|1998||Target Chip Ganassi Racing CART team||CART||CART FedEx Championship Series champions|
|1998||Denver Broncos||Football||Super Bowl XXXII Champions|
|1998||U.S. Olympic Women's Ice Hockey team||Hockey (women)||Olympic gold medalists|
|1998||Arizona Diamondbacks||Baseball||inaugural season|
|1998||De La Salle High School||Football||High School football|
|2000||St. Louis Rams||Football||Super Bowl XXXIV Champions|
|2001||Dallas Cowboys||Football||"35 Years of Championship Performance"|
|2001||Baltimore Ravens||Football||Super Bowl XXXV Champions|
|2002||New England Patriots||Football||Super Bowl XXXVI Champions|
|2003||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||Football||Super Bowl XXXVII Champions|
|2004||Boston Red Sox||Baseball||World Series Champions|
|2005||Texas Longhorns||Football||National Champions|
|2005||Texas Western College||Basketball||NCAA Champions (1966)|
|2005||Chicago White Sox||Baseball||World Series Champions|
|2006||Miami Heat||Basketball||NBA Champions|
|2006||Detroit Shock||Basketball||WNBA Champions|
|2006||Notre Dame Fighting Irish||Football|
|2006||Texas Longhorns||Football||2 boxes in 2006|
|2006||Texas A&M Aggies||Football|
|2006||St. Louis Cardinals||Baseball||World Series Champions|
|2007||Boston Red Sox||Baseball||World Series Champions|
|2007||Florida Gators||Basketball (men)|
|2007||North Carolina Tar Heels||Basketball (men)|
|2007||Kentucky Wildcats||Basketball (men)|
|2007||Tennessee Lady Vols||Basketball (women)|||
|2008||Boston Celtics||Basketball||NBA Champions|
|2009||Los Angeles Lakers||Basketball||NBA Champions|
|2010||Los Angeles Lakers||Basketball||NBA Champions|
|2010||Seattle Storm||Basketball||WNBA Champions|
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