The latest ESPN 30 for 30 documentary follows one of the most intriguing characters in sports history, Brian Bosworth.
In 1985 and 1986, the Oklahoma linebacker was considered one of the best college football players in the country. However, he was also one of the more controversial players, angering people with his antics both on and off the field.
He entered the NFL with a lot of hype, but his career with the Seattle Seahawks lasted only three seasons due to injuries and ineffectiveness. The upcoming documentary breaks down the rise and fall of the man who became known as The Boz and what he had to do to handle the spotlight off the field.
What: "Brian and the Boz"
When: Tuesday, Oct. 28
Time: 9 p.m. ET
College football has had plenty of notable players over the past 30 years, but few have dominated the scene as much as Bosworth.
Based on talent alone, he was one of the best linebackers the sport had ever seen. The two-time All-American helped Oklahoma win the national championship in 1985 and finished fourth in Heisman Trophy voting in 1986.
He was the first recipient of the Dick Butkus Award, given to the best linebacker in the nation, when he was a sophomore. He won the award again the following season and remains the only person ever to win it twice.
He was so popular for his play and his outspokenness that even his haircut became a nationwide trend:
However, he started to become too obnoxious for fans to handle. "Brian and the Boz" director Thaddeus D. Matula broke down the shift in the public mindset while the player was still at Oklahoma, via ESPN.com:
As quickly as we started to love Brian we turned on him - instead of a funny know-it-all clown prince who could take people's heads off, he became this loud mouthed jerk who was the first poster child for steroids. And at the same time Brian Bosworth unwittingly turned on himself. With The Boz, he created the modern athlete and lost Brian in the process.
This picture, which was recently posted on Twitter by ESPN's Numbers Never Lie, sums up Bosworth's personality:
Unfortunately, his career quickly turned. He tested positive for steroid use and was later kicked off the Sooners roster by head coach Barry Switzer.
When Bosworth was selected by the Seahawks in the first round of the supplemental draft, most people saw the linebacker as a sure thing who was certain to be a perennial Pro Bowler in the NFL. Things did not go according to plan, as he struggled to stay on the field.
Injuries limited the player's career to just 24 games over three seasons, and his ineffective play when he was suited up did not live up to the enormous expectations. Years later, he is still considered one of the biggest busts of all time.
On the plus side, he has reached the point that he is now able to laugh about his poor professional career alongside Matt Leinart and Heath Shuler in a recent commercial for Dish Network:
This documentary will bring fans on the journey of Bosworth's exciting career, from the highs to the lows. It will also show us the difference between who Bosworth really was and his Boz persona.
He was one of the first athletes we loved to hate, and his experience will be brought to life for the first time.
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