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.
Harold Jackson was a wide receiver for the Philadelphia Eagles, Los Angeles Rams and the New England Patriots. We had a bit part in Gus and in North Dallas Forty. In Gus he played an inept wide reciever who dropped easy passes.
The Split was a pretty good movie about a gang who planned and succeeded in stealing the box office receipts during a Rams game in the Los Angeles Coliseum.
It featured game-action from two Rams games played in 1967. The footage was real but the PA announcer was dubbed in using phony names for Rams players. Roman Gabriel was "Jack Angel". Jack Snow's last name was changed to "Frost". One running back's name was "Angelo Coletti".
Click on these to see a few clips of the NFL action cut in with the action of the film.
The Split also starred Diahann Carroll, Ernest Borgnine, Julie Harris, Gene Hackman, Jack Klugman and Donald Sutherlandamong others.