As some of the top tough guy actors ever, it's no surprise that people like Chuck Norris, John Wayne, Sylvester Stallone, Burt Reynolds, and Dwayne Johnson played high school football. But they're not the only ones who you'd expect to be among the celebrities who were on school sports teams with big, tough actors like Lou Ferrigno, Channing Tatum, and Dennis Haysbert also making their prep football rosters.
Then there is another category of former high school football players turned celebrities: the ones who are surprising. Who would have ever expected Willie Nelson, Jamie Foxx, or Joel McHale to have played football as a teen? Even the late Chris Farley played football before he became a comedy star.
These celebrities who played football in high school might not have all gone on to play college or professional football (though some did), but all made a name for themselves off the field with their work in television, film or music and that's a touchdown in itself.
Birthplace: Irvine, California, United States of America
Profession: Comedian, Television producer, Film Producer, Screenwriter, Actor, + more
Credits: Step Brothers, Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, The Other Guys
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Age: Died at 72 (1907-1979)
Birthplace: Winterset, Iowa, United States of America
Profession: Businessperson, Film Producer, Actor, Film Director
Credits: The Searchers, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, Rio Bravo, True Grit
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Birthplace: San Saba, Texas, United States of America
Profession: Film Producer, Screenwriter, Actor, Voice acting, Film Director
Credits: No Country for Old Men, Men in Black, Men in Black II, The Fugitive
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Age: Died at 33 (1949-1982)
Birthplace: Humboldt Park, Chicago, Illinois, United States of America
Profession: Comedian, Musician, Screenwriter, Actor
Credits: The Blues Brothers, Saturday Night Live, Animal House, 1941
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