Professional athletes turned actors
New York Giants LB Lawrence Taylor participated in ten Pro Bowls (1981-90). Taylor retired after the 1993 season and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1999. The LB's first film role came in Oliver Stone's Any Given Sunday and he has since appeared alongside Jean Claude Van Damme in 2003’s In Hell. Taylor also played himself on The Sopranos and in Adam Sandler’s The Waterboy.
Howie Long was selected as a second round pick in the 1981 NFL draft, chosen by the Oakland Raiders. Long played 13 seasons with Oakland at the TE position before retiring after the 1993 season. He has appeared in action films such as Firestorm and Broken Arrow. Long has made numerous appearances on TV shows and commercials and previously was a spokesman for Radio Shack.
Terry Bradshaw played 14 seasons as quarterback for the Pittsburgh Steelers. He can currently be seen as a football analyst and co-host on Fox's NFL Sunday. In 2001, the former NFL QB became the first and only NFL player to earn a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Bradshaw appeared in the 1978 film Hooper and in the 2006 film Failure to Launch in which he had a memorable nude scene.
Simpson, the first NFL player to rush for more than 2,000 yards in a season, was elected into teh Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1985. In 1995 however, he was also acquitted of the 1994 murder of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman. Simpson embarked on a film career in films such as Roots, The Klansman, The Towering Inferno and The Cassandra Crossing to name a few.
Schwarzenegger, a former professional bodybuilder, first broke into the Hollywood spotlight with the film Hercules in New York in 1970, but his real breakthrough role came in Conan the Barbarian, which has recently been remade with Jason Momoa. Other notable films featuring the former bodybuilder include Terminator and The Expendables.
Brown, best known for his record-setting nine-year career playing running back for the Cleveland Browns, has also had a successful acting career. the nine-time Pro-Bowler played roles in movies such as The Dirty Dozen, Any Given Sunday, Original Gangstas, Animal, Sideliners and Dream Street to name a few.
The current Miami Heat guard co-starred alongside Denzel Washington in Spike Lee's He Got Game. Allen also appeared in Harvard Man.
What doesn't Shaq do?! The former NBA center can currently be seen in commercials for Gold Bond men's body lotion and Buick cars. Shaq also starred as a genie in Kazaam in the 1996 comedy. He is currently a part-owner of the Sacramento Kings professional basketball team.