NFL at the Movies

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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.

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