Total Recall: Best Football Playing Actors

In preparation for the Super Bowl, we've assembled a killer lineup of gridiron-to-screen stars.

by Tim Ryan and Jeff Giles | Wednesday, Jan. 28 2009

Howie Long

In his 13-year career with the Raiders, Howie Long established himself as one of the greatest defensive linemen of all time. Since retiring, Long has a filmography that includes supporting roles in Broken Arrow and 3000 Miles to Graceland, as well as cameos on a number of TV shows. The one attempt to turn the affable Hall-of-Famer and Fox NFL Sunday analyst into a legitimate action hero, Firestorm, failed to, ahem, catch fire with audiences or critics (it currently sports a robust eight percent on the Tomatometer). Long starred as Jesse Graves, an expert firefighter who is tasked with thwarting a forest fire set by criminals attempting a jailbreak. It's certain that more people have seen Long's Radio Shack commercials, in which he co-starred with Teri Hatcher.

Frank McRae

After a standout career at Tennessee State, where he double-majored in drama and history, Frank McRae spent one undistinguished season in the NFL as a defensive tackle with the Bears. His theatrical training served him well, as McRae has gone on to be a consistently solid "that guy" in a wide range of films. His credits include Norma Rae, 48 Hours, National Lampoon's Vacation, and Red Dawn. McRae was notable as James Bond's best buddy in License to Kill, as well as the incredulous Lt. Dekker in Last Action Hero.

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