Actors who played football in high school, college or pro leagues

A list of actors who played high school football, college football and in some cases pro football.

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1.
Ashton Kutcher
Christopher Ashton Kutcher was born on February 7, 1978 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, to Diane (Finnegan), who was employed at Procter & Gamble, and Larry Kutcher, a factory worker. He has a fraternal twin brother, Michael, and a sister, Tausha. He is of Czech (father) and Irish, German, and Czech (mother) descent...
“ Played high school football with the Clear Creek Amana Clippers in Iowa. ” - Reminisce_PartOne
 
2.
“ Position - Wide Receiver (Offense)

Played college football with the Bowling Green State Falcons in Ohio.

Played pro football with the San Francisco 49ers and the Los Angeles Rams (now St. Louis Rams); 1 Pro Bowl selection. ” - Reminisce_PartOne
 
3.
Bill Cosby
Music Department, Bill Cosby: Himself
Bill Cosby is one of the world's most well-known entertainers and comedians. William Henry Cosby, Jr. was born on July 12, 1937, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to Anna Pearl (Hite), a maid, and William Henry Cosby, Sr., a U.S. Navy sailor. After tenth grade, Cosby joined the Navy and completed high school through a correspondence course...
“ Position: Running Back (Offense)

Played high school football with the Central Lancers in Philadelphia, and then with the Germantown Bears in Philadelphia.

Played college football with the Temple Owls in Pennsylvania. ” - Reminisce_PartOne
 
4.
“ Position - Defensive Tackle (Defense)

Played high school football with the Tulsa Edison Preparatory Eagles in Oklahoma.

Played college football with the Georgia Bulldogs.

Played pro football with the Los Angeles Rams (now St. Louis Rams), the Atlanta Falcons and the Carolina Panthers; his football career ended due to a severe abdominal injury. ” - Reminisce_PartOne
 
5.
Brian Dennehy
Imposing, barrel-chested and now silver-haired Brian Dennehy is a prolific US actor, well respected on both screen and stage for the best part of 25 years. He was born in July 1938 in Bridgeport, CT, and attended Columbia University in New York City on a football scholarship. He majored in history, before moving on to Yale to study dramatic arts...
“ Position - Offensive Lineman (Offense)

Played college football with the Columbia Lions in New York. ” - Reminisce_PartOne
 
6.
Burt Reynolds
Enduring, strong-featured, and genial star of US cinema, Burt Reynolds started off in TV westerns in the 1960s and then carved his name into 1970/1980s popular culture as a male sex symbol (posing nearly naked for "Cosmopolitan" magazine) and on-screen as both a rugged action figure and then as a wisecracking...
“ Position - Running Back (Offense)

Played high school football with the Palm Beach Rams in Florida.

Played college football with the Florida State Seminoles; a knee injury ended his football career. ” - Reminisce_PartOne
 
7.
Carl Weathers
Actor, Predator
Carl Weathers was born on January 14, 1948, in New Orleans, Louisiana. A famous and successful football star at San Diego State, he played with the Oakland Raiders and retired from the sport in 1974, in order to give full attention to his goal: to be a real actor. Weathers first played small parts in two blaxploitation flicks...
“ Position - Linebacker (Defense)

Played high school football with the Long Beach Polytechnic Jackrabbits in California.

Played college football first with the San Diego State Aztecs, and then with the San Francisco State Gators.

Played pro football briefly with the Oakland Raiders and then with the British Columbia Lions in the CFL. ” - Reminisce_PartOne
 
8.
Chad Michael Murray
Chad Michael Murray has showcased his brooding good looks and acting talent on television sets and silver screens for two decades. The 6-foot tall star, who resides in Wilmington, North Carolina, is known to audiences of One Tree Hill, where he played the good son, Lucas Scott. The model-turned-actor has also serenaded Jamie Lee Curtis with Britney Spears' "Baby One More Time" in Freaky Friday...
“ Played high school football with the Clarence Red Devils in New York. ” - Reminisce_PartOne
 
9.
David Boreanaz
Actor, Bones
David was born in Buffalo, New York and grew up in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He is the son of Patti, a travel agent, and weatherman Dave Roberts (Boreanaz). His father is of Italian descent and his mother is of half Slovak ancestry. At the age of seven he decide to be an actor, which eventually led him to study cinema and photography at Ithaca College in New York...
“ Position - Tight End (Offense) and Linebacker (Defense)

Played high school football with the Malvern Preparatory Friars in Pennsylvania; his football career ended in his junior year due to a knee injury. ” - Reminisce_PartOne
 
10.
Dean Cain
Dean Cain was born Dean George Tanaka in Mount Clemens, Michigan, to actress Sharon Thomas Cain and Roger Tanaka. His mother married his adoptive father, director Christopher Cain, when Dean was three. Though he grew up in Malibu and attended Santa Monica High School, his career plans favored professional football over acting...
“ Position - Safety (Defense)

Played high school football with the Santa Monica Vikings in California.

Played college football with the Princeton Tigers in New Jersey.

Was signed as a free agent by the Buffalo Bills; suffered a knee injury during training camp which ended his football career. ” - Reminisce_PartOne
 
11.
Donald Gibb
Actor, Bloodsport
Massive (6' 4"), muscular behemoth Donald Richard Gibb was born on August 4, 1954, in New York City, New York and raised in California. He attended the University of New Mexico on a basketball scholarship, then transferred to the University of San Diego, where he played football and was a member of the varsity basketball team...
“ Played college football with the San Diego Toreros in California.

Played pro football with the San Diego Chargers very briefly. ” - Reminisce_PartOne
 
12.
Dwayne Johnson
Actor, WWE Raw
Dwayne Douglas Johnson, also known as The Rock, was born on May 2, 1972 in Hayward, California, to Ata Johnson (born Feagaimaleata Fitisemanu Maivia) and Canadian-born professional wrestler Rocky Johnson (born Wayde Douglas Bowles). His father is black (of Black Nova Scotian descent), and his mother is of Samoan background (her own father was Peter Fanene Maivia...
“ Position - Defensive Tackle (Defense)

Played high school football with the Freedom Patriots in Pennsylvania.

Played college football with the Miami Hurricanes; was in the 1991 National Championship winning team.

Signed by the Calgary Stampeders of the CFL; was cut after two months. ” - Reminisce_PartOne
 
13.
Ed O'Neill
Ed O'Neill is an American actor best known for playing Al Bundy on Married with Children, the most iconic working class character on television since Archie Bunker. Upon his debut on the world stage in Youngstown, Ohio on April 12, 1946, he was christened Edward Philip O'Neill, Jr. Both his father, Ed, Sr....
“ Position - Linebacker (Defense)

Played high school football with the Ursuline Fighting Irish in Ohio.

Played college football first with the Ohio Bobcats and then with the Youngstown State Penguins in Ohio.

Signed by the Pittsburgh Steelers; was cut in training camp. ” - Reminisce_PartOne
 
14.
Edward Asner
Actor, Up
Ed Asner is a television legend, the winner of seven acting Emmy Awards (which puts him tied with Mary Tyler Moore, both of whom rank second to their "Mary Tyler Moore Show" co-star, Cloris Leachman who has nine). In all, he has been nominated 20 times for an Emmy Award, with 17 nods for a Primetime Emmy and three for a Daytime award...
“ Played high school football with the Wyandotte Bulldogs in Kansas. ” - Reminisce_PartOne
 
15.
Forest Whitaker
Actor, Platoon
Forest Steven Whitaker has packaged a king-size talent into his hulking 6' 2", 220 lb. frame. He won an Academy Award for his performance as Ugandan dictator Idi Amin in the 2006 film The Last King of Scotland, and has also won a Golden Globe and a BAFTA. He is the fourth African-American male to win an Academy Award for Best Actor...
“ Position - Defensive Tackle (Defense)

Played high school football with the Palisades Charter Dolphins in California.

Played college football with the Cal Poly Pomona Broncos in California; his football career ended during college due to a back injury. ” - Reminisce_PartOne
 
16.
James Caan
A masculine and enigmatic actor whose life and movie career have had more ups and downs than the average rollercoaster and whose selection of roles has arguably derailed him from achieving true superstar status, James Caan is New York-born and bred. He was born in the Bronx, to Sophie (Falkenstein) and Arthur Caan...
“ Played college football with the Michigan State Spartans. ” - Reminisce_PartOne
 
17.
Jamie Foxx
Jamie Foxx is an American actor, singer, and comedian. He won an Academy Award for Best Actor, BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role, and Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy, for his work in the 2004 biographical film Ray. The same year, he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in the action film Collateral...
“ Position - Quarterback (Offense)

Played high school football with the Terrell Tigers in Texas. ” - Reminisce_PartOne
 
18.
John Wayne
John Wayne was born Marion Robert Morrison in Iowa, to Mary Alberta (Brown) and Clyde Leonard Morrison, a pharmacist. He was of English, Ulster-Scots, and Irish ancestry. Clyde developed a lung condition that required him to move his family from Iowa to the warmer climate of southern California, where they tried ranching in the Mojave Desert...
“ Position - Guard (Offense)

Played high school football with the Glendale Dynamiters in California.

Played college football with the Southern California Trojans; his football career ended when he broke his collar bone bodysurfing. ” - Reminisce_PartOne
 
19.
Jon Hamm
Actor, Mad Men
“ Played high school football with the John Burroughs Bombers in Missouri. ” - Reminisce_PartOne
 
20.
“ Position - Outside Linebacker (Defense)

Played high school football with the Lafayette Rams in Virginia.

Played college football with the North Carolina Tar Heels.

Played pro football with the New York Giants; 10 Pro Bowl selections, 10 All-Pro selections, 2 Super Bowl championships, Pro Football Hall of Fame. ” - Reminisce_PartOne
 
21.
“ Played high school football with the Middlesboro Yellow Jackets in Kentucky.

Played college football with the Indiana Hoosiers, and then with the Eastern Kentucky Colonels; refused an offer to try out for the Arizona Cardinals. ” - Reminisce_PartOne
 
22.
Mark Harmon
Actor, NCIS
Thomas Mark Harmon was born in Burbank, California on September 2, 1951 to football player and broadcaster Tom Harmon and actress Elyse Knox (née Kornbrath). Harmon played college football and found success as one of TV's hunkiest actors. While many of his roles have relied on good looks, Harmon was impressive as the suave doctor on St. Elsewhere who contracted AIDS...
“ Position - Quarterback (Offense)

Played high school football with the Harvard-Westlake Wolverines in California.

Played college football with the Pierce Brahmas in California and then with the UCLA Bruins in California; his father, Tom Harmon, was a Heisman Trophy Winner. ” - Reminisce_PartOne
 
23.
Matthew Fox
Actor, Lost
Matthew Chandler Fox was born in Abington, Pennsylvania. His mother, Loretta B. (Eagono), was a schoolteacher, and his father, Francis G. Fox, was a consultant for an oil company, who raised longhorn cattle and horses and grew barley for Coors beer. He has Italian (from his maternal grandfather), English...
“ Position - Wide Receiver (Offense)

Played college football with the Columbia Lions in New York. ” - Reminisce_PartOne
 
24.
“ Position - Wide Receiver (Offense)

Played high school football with the St. Thomas Aquinas Raiders in Florida.

Played college football with the Miami Hurricanes.

Played pro football with the Dallas Cowboys; 5 Pro Bowl selections, 1 Pro Bowl MVP, 3 Super Bowl championships, Pro Football Hall of Fame. ” - Reminisce_PartOne
 
25.
Nick Nolte
Nick Nolte was born in Omaha, Nebraska, to Helen (King) and Franklin Arthur Nolte, who worked in irrigation pump sales. He has German and British Isles ancestry. Nolte began his career on stage at the Pasadena (California) Playhouse and in regional theatre productions. His breakthrough role was in the TV mini-series Rich Man, Poor Man...
“ Position - Kicker (Special Team) in high school/Tight End (Offense) and Defensive End (Defense) in college

Played high school football first with the Benson Bunnies in Nebraska, and then with the Westside Warriors in Nebraska.

Played college football with the Arizona State Sun Devils, and then with the Eastern Arizona Monsters. ” - Reminisce_PartOne
 
26.
“ Position - Running Back (Offense)

Played high school football with the Galileo Lions in California.

Played college football with the Southern California Trojans; was a Heisman Trophy candidate in his junior year, and winner of the Heisman Trophy in his senior year.

Played pro football with the Buffalo Bills and the San Francisco 49ers; 6 Pro Bowl selections, 1 Pro Bowl MVP, Pro Football Hall of Fame. ” - Reminisce_PartOne
 
27.
Robin Williams
Robin McLaurin Williams was born on Saturday, July 21st, 1951, in Chicago, Illinois, a great-great-grandson of Mississippi Governor and Senator, Anselm J. McLaurin. His mother, Laurie McLaurin (née Janin), was a former model from Mississippi, and his father, Robert Fitzgerald Williams, was a Ford Motor Company executive from Indiana...
“ Played high school football with the Redwood Giants in California. ” - Reminisce_PartOne
 
28.
Ronald Reagan
Production Manager, General Electric Theater
Ronald Reagan is, arguably, the most successful actor in history, having catapulted from a career as a Warner Bros. contract player and television star, into serving as president of the Screen Actors Guild, the governorship of California (1967-1975), and lastly, two terms as President of the United States (1981-1989)...
“ Played college football with the Eureka Red Devils in Illinois. ” - Reminisce_PartOne
 
29.
Sylvester Stallone
Actor, Rocky
Sylvester Stallone is an American actor, screenwriter, producer, and director. He is well known for his Hollywood action roles, particularly boxer Rocky Balboa, the title character of the Rocky series' seven films from 1976 to 2015; soldier John Rambo from the four Rambo films, which ran from 1982 to 2008; and Barney Ross in the three The Expendables films from 2010 to 2014...
“ Played high school football with the Abraham Lincoln Rail Splitters in Pennsylvania. ” - Reminisce_PartOne
 
30.
Terry Crews
Terry Crews was born in Flint, Michigan, to Patricia and Terry Crews, Sr. He earned an Art Excellence Scholarship to attend Western Michigan University and also earned a full-ride athletic scholarship to play football. Crews was an All-Conference defensive end, and was a major contributor on the 1988 MAC champion WMU Broncos...
“ Position - Defensive End (Defense)/Linebacker (Defense)

Played high school football with the Flint Southwestern Knights in Michigan.

Played college football with the Western Michigan Broncos.

Played pro football with the Los Angeles Rams (now St. Louis Rams), the San Diego Chargers, the Washington Redskins and the Philadelphia Eagles. ” - Reminisce_PartOne
 
31.
Tommy Lee Jones
Tommy Lee Jones was born in San Saba, Texas, the son of Lucille Marie (Scott), a police officer and beauty shop owner, and Clyde C. Jones, who worked on oil fields. Tommy himself worked in underwater construction and on an oil rig. He attended St. Mark's School of Texas, a prestigious prep school for boys in Dallas...
“ Position - Guard (Offense)

Played college football with Harvard Crimson in Massachusetts. ” - Reminisce_PartOne
 
32.
Will Ferrell
John William Ferrell was born in Irvine, California, to Betty Kay (Overman), a teacher, and Roy Lee Ferrell, Jr., a musician. His parents were both originally from Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina. A graduate of the University of Southern California, Ferrell became interested in performing while a student at University High School in Irvine...
“ Position - Kicker (Special Team)

Played high school football with the University Trojans in California. ” - Reminisce_PartOne