Trivia: Super Bowl

  • Hey, It's That Guy!: It's never been uncommon for NFL players to go into acting, but more than a few of them played in the Super Bowl as well. There's a good chance they played for either the then-Los Angeles Rams or the then-Los Angeles Raiders.
    • Fred Dryer, who would end up playing the title role in 80's cop drama Hunter, played defensive end for the Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl XIV.
    • The Dragon to John Travolta's character in Broken Arrow? That's Hall of Fame defensive end Howie Long, who won a ring in Super Bowl XVIII for the then-Los Angeles Raiders.
    • Though he himself never played in the Super Bowl, former Los Angeles Rams defensive tackle Merlin Olsen was in the booth for several NBC telecasts of the Super Bowl as a commentator. He also played Jonathan Garvey in Little House on the Prairie and was the title character in the short-lived 80s drama Father Murphy.
    • Most tropers likely know Lawrence Taylor for wrestling Bam Bam Bigelow in the main event of Wrestlemania XI. They also likely remember him as drug-addled football player B.J. Smith in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City. He's probably more proud of the fact he was the face of the stellar defense the New York Giants brought to Super Bowl XXI and XXV, playing outside linebacker and winning two rings in the process.
    • American Gladiators had former Miami Dolphins' fullback Larry Csonka in the booth alongside the now-infamous Mike Adamle, having played in three straight Super Bowls (VI, VII, and VIII, where he won game MVP). He actually replaced former Raiders tight end Todd Christensen, who won two Super Bowls himself (XV and XVIII). Christensen himself replaced Joe Theismann, the original host of American Gladiators, who also played in back-to-back Super Bowls (XVII and XVIII). In fact, Theismann was interviewed by future partner Mike Adamle (who at the time was working for NBC Sports) after winning Super Bowl XVII.
    • Oakland Raiders defensive lineman John Matuszak was in Oakland's winning Super Bowl games XI and XV. He played Tonda in Caveman, and Sloth in The Goonies.
    • Defensive end Ben Davidson (who played for the Raiders in Super Bowl II) appeared in M*A*S*H, and plays the axe-wielding warrior-priest Rexor in Conan the Barbarian.
    • Timothy Brown played for the Colts in Super Bowl III, then appeared in several films, including M*A*S*H and Nashville, as well as the first season of the TV version of M*A*S*H.