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    Quote Originally Posted by Slasher9 View Post
    Yup. And I bet you liked the movie. Cannonball Run.
    Terry Bradshaw was in it as well
    And for the record, “Death Race 2000” all day over “Cannonball Run”...

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    So does Chuck Norris count as a professional athlete? Not sure if all his martial arts were paid or not...

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    Quote Originally Posted by notin View Post
    Yeah I questioned the inclusion of Strahan and Meredith.
    Meredith did some acting.
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    Wilt Chamberlain was in one of the Conan movies LOL
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    John Matuszak was in the football movie North Dallas Forty. And his acting was quite a bit better than Bo Svenson's was in that movie.
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    To connect a couple of things, the character of quarterback Seth Maxwell in North Dallas Forty was assumed, with very good reason, to be based on Don Meredith.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bellhorn04 View Post
    John Matuszak was in the football movie North Dallas Forty. And his acting was quite a bit better than Bo Svenson's was in that movie.
    Matuszak was also in “Caveman,” opposite Ringo Starr.

    Lawrence Taylor did some acting as well, including “Any Given Sunday”...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bellhorn04 View Post
    To connect a couple of things, the character of quarterback Seth Maxwell in North Dallas Forty was assumed, with very good reason, to be based on Don Meredith.
    But did Meredith ever act? I wouldn’t put Jimmy Piersall on this list but he clearly inspired “Fear Strikes Out”...

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    Quote Originally Posted by notin View Post
    But did Meredith ever act? I wouldn’t put Jimmy Piersall on this list but he clearly inspired “Fear Strikes Out”...
    I stand corrected. As ex-athletes go, Meredith appeared in a lot of things, mostly as a recurring character in Police Story.

    I also want to give an Honorable Mention to Bill Laimbeer. Before he was a Detrot Piston and really, even before Notre Dame, he was a sleestak in the original Land of the Lost TV show...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Thunder View Post
    I don't know how his expertise in live TV would translate to acting. I would certainly love to see it though!
    Quote Originally Posted by notin View Post
    Yeah I questioned the inclusion of Strahan and Meredith.

    But at least no one mentioned Dan Dierdorf. Great player. Possibly the worst commentator in MNF history...
    1. He was the first and only person I could think of at the moment.

    2. In defense of myself, when reading the opening post, it said "followed it up with success on the silver/TV screen". Strahan has certainly had great success on TV, regardless of whether he can actually act or not.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Bellhorn04 View Post
    Wilt Chamberlain was in one of the Conan movies LOL
    Wasn't Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in the Airplane movies?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kimmi View Post
    Wasn't Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in the Airplane movies?
    Yes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kimmi View Post
    Wasn't Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in the Airplane movies?
    YES!!

    Also, he displayed his martial arts skills in "The Game of Death" opposite Bruce Lee...

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    The original version of The Longest Yard featured a number of NFL players, including Joe Kapp and Ray Nitschke.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bellhorn04 View Post
    The original version of The Longest Yard featured a number of NFL players, including Joe Kapp and Ray Nitschke.
    I want to say there was another movie that included a prison football game against a bunch of former NFL players, including Jim Kelly and Ben Davidson. I think it was "Necessary Roughness" with Scott Bakula...

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