NFL at the Movies
The NFL and Hollywood have shared a long history together. And like any long relationship, there are ups and there are downs. And sometimes those downs spell the end of a relationship. Luckily, there have been more ups and down with NFL players turned actors that fans need not fret over an ending anytime soon.
Carl Weathers, one time Oakland Raider, has turned in a fine career spanning nearly four decades with memorable turns in Rocky, Predator and Happy Gilmore. Really, who can't recognize Apollo Creed. Jim Brown (Browns), Fred Williamson (Steelers,Raiders,Chiefs) and Bernie Casey (49ers,Rams) were all stars of the "blaxploitation films" that dominated the 1970s. Bubba Smith (Colts, Raiders, Oilers) garnered laughs as Hightower in the "Police Academy" series as did OJ Simpson (hold the boos and judgement please) in the "Naked Gun" series. Action junkies of the '90s remember Brian Bosworth (Seahawks) and his mullet in "Stone Cold" and can't forget Howie Long (Raiders) as John Travolta's sidekick in "Broken Arrow". We like you better in the booth Howie. Sorry. Terry Crews (Redskins, Eagles amongst others) has nearly two dozen films beneath his belt and various award nominations for his role as Julius Rock on "Everybody Hates Chris".
I began noticing that some of the current NFL players might have themselves a future in the movies once their careers are complete. A number of players strike a resemblance to Hollywood actors. For kicks and giggles, I decided to share.
The Saints head coach bears a striking resemblance to a former FOX television star.
That's right, former Malcolm in the Middle star Frankie Muniz. I hope Muniz' mother and Payton weren't both at Daytona Spring Break '85....
The two time Pro Bowler and Super Bowl champion looks like a guy who tackled unruly office workers.
Remember Reebok's Office Linebacker campaign? Classic, right. Following the success of the commercials, Speight has appeared in various television shows and films, including Norbit. London and himself could be brothers.
The journeyman quarterback may remind you a child actor turned award winning director.
You might call this a stretch but add 25 years on Sage and it'll make you think again.
The hard hitting Bills linebacker with the iron jaw looks like another hard hitting linebacker with an iron jaw from one of the most popular college football movies ever.
Who didn't want to shoot juice and "go looking for dinner" after seeing this 1993 film. Posluszny and Lattimer, err, Bryniarski have matching jaws and intensity.
The 8 year journeyman quarterback could definitely pass for the Russian boxer Americans loved to hate.
Who didn't squirm when Ivan Drago uttered the cold words, "I must break you". I ponder that all of America did. Josh and Dolph really should look into switching barbers.
The second Winslow resembles this full throttle action star so much it was his nickname while catching touchdowns at the U.
Fans and classmates at Miami often noted of Winslow's resemblance of the Fast and the Furious star.
The Steelers' Super Bowl winning coach resembles another actor from The Program.
Epps is not a doctor but he plays one on tv. The House M.D. star and Mike Tomlin share a fondness for chinstraps and mustaches and the resemblance is undeniable.
The always smiling Carolina Panthers coach resembles a character actor who all moviegoers know by face but not by name.
The veteran actor often playing the villain is noted for his intensity. His career is long and distinguished and he's had some memorable turns as good guys as well. Another reach here between John Fox and himself but I see the resemblance.
The player formerly known as Chad Johnson didn't star in this summer's blockbuster but slightly looks like an actor who did.
Another reach but the Transformer co-star slightly resembles Ochocinco. If not, they may just have similar features.