Being a professional athlete places people in a unique spotlight. The roar of the crowd and the adulation is hard to give up once their careers end. The only way to keep that juice flowing for some is to stay in the public eye by becoming an actor. Some athletes, like pro wrestlers, were already hams and acting came easy to them. Other athletes turned actors had to work rigorously at it and some failed miserably.
Here is a list of some legends of the field who became legends of the screen too, or failed spectacularly trying. Which of these athletes turned actors do you think was the most successful?
Crews’ first love was neither football nor acting, but art. He earned an art scholarship before earning his football scholarship to Western Michigan University as a defensive end. The Los Angeles Rams drafted Crews in 1991. After retiring from pro football in 1997, Crews returned to LA to pursue acting. The star of Brooklyn Nine-Nine still enjoys painting and sketching.
Best known for his role in the NBC comedy My Name is Earl, Lee was a successful professional skateboarder and extreme sports entrepreneur. He decided to try acting in the early 1990s and caught the eye of Kevin Smith, who put Lee in a lead role in the 1995 comedy Mallrats.