Wednesday, July 1, 2111

NFL and Hollywood Connection

Perhaps since movies and football began in the early 20th century and captured the fascination of the nation, there has been quite an interesting connection with the NFL and Hollywood. Both in football players acting in films and television and also in movies and television featuring football as a theme or even a small subplot.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Bob Anderson in the Movies

Bob Anderson was a running back for the Broncos in the early 1970s:

He got a bit role as a collegiate basketball player in 1977's One on One as "Hit-Man" King who roughed up Robbie Benson during a practice.

Marv Goux in the Movies

Marv Goux was a defensive line coach at USC and then later for the Los Angeles Rams (from 1983-90).
He also got a couple of bit parts in early a couple of 1970s television series, Columbo and Banacek.
Here he is a coach for the Los Angeles Rockets in Columbo. Goux is at the blackboard and then holding the towel:
 



Saturday, December 17, 2016

Everybody's All-American (1988)

Based on a great novel by Frank DeFord, Everybody's All-American is a pretty good football movie. Though there are some continuity issues with uniforms and timelines, it is fairly true to the novel.









Thursday, December 31, 2015

Defensive Linemen in Hollywood: Claude Humphrey

Claude Humphrey is a Hall of Fame defensive end who played the majority of his career with the Atlana Falcons. He only had one Hollywood role, that of "Big John" in the Dukes of Hazzard Television series. He played the typical heavy, a big, gun-toting strongman.
In the show he even had a few lines, here they are:

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Continental Divide's NFL Connection

How does a movie about a Chicago Columnist and a Rocky Mountain Bald eagle researcher have an NFL connection? Easy. Continental Divide had Max Birnbaum. He was a lover of the eagle researcher and a former defensive end for the Washington Redskins. The role was played by Tony Ganios who was "Meat" in Porky's:

Here is the clip of the NFL connection featuring Ganios, John Belushi and Blair Brown:

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Mel Owens and the Movies

Mel Owens was a left outside linebacker for the Los Angeles Rams from 1981-89. In addition to acting  he started a line of clothing called "Evolution Wear". He also operated a nationwide restaurant reservation hotline in the 1980s called 1-800-LETS-EAT.  In 1987, he ran with the bulls in Pamplona, Spain and also competed in the L.A. Marathon.

He had a bit role in The Distingueshed Gentleman, a film that starred Eddie Murphy. Owens played "Bo Chandler" a tight end for the Houston Oilers who was elected to Congress.

Here is the clip that Owens appears in: