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Celebrities who played high school football include a variety of actors, musicians, and other celebs who in their early life put on the pads for their high school football teams. While a few of these men also spent time playing college football and some even spent time in the National Football League, all went on to pretty successful careers in Hollywood.

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.

Will Ferrell is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 34 Celebrities Who Played High School Football
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Age: 49

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

Also Ranked

#92 on The Best Actors Working Today

#79 on The Most Trustworthy Celebrities in the World

#2 on The Funniest People of All Time

#63 on Famous Men You'd Want to Have a Beer With

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John Wayne is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 34 Celebrities Who Played High School Football
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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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#81 on The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

#60 on The Best Actors in Film History

#12 on The Coolest Actors Ever

#30 on Which Actor Would You Bring Back for One Final Movie?

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Tommy Lee Jones is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 34 Celebrities Who Played High School Football
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Age: 70

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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#34 on The Best Actors Working Today

#16 on The Best American Actors Working Today

#2 on The Best Actors to Start Their Careers on Soaps

#36 on The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

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John Belushi is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 34 Celebrities Who Played High School Football
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Age: Died at 33 (1949-1982)

Birthplace: USA, Chicago, Humboldt Park, Illinois

Profession: Comedian, Musician, Screenwriter, Actor

Credits: The Blues Brothers, Saturday Night Live, Animal House, 1941

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#12 on The Funniest People of All Time

#32 on Which Actor Would You Bring Back for One Final Movie?

#3 on The Best SNL Cast Members of All Time

#51 on People We Wish Were Still Alive

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