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You've Got to Be a Football Hero 

At a party, Will wants to impress Jackie and make a fool of the guy she's dating. He ends up making a fool of himself.


Shelley Jensen


Benny Medina (format by), Jeff Pollack (format by) | 3 more credits »


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Episode cast overview:
Will Smith ... Will Smith
James Avery ... Philip Banks
Daphne Reid ... Vivian Banks (as Daphne Maxwell Reid) (credit only)
Alfonso Ribeiro ... Carlton Banks
Karyn Parsons ... Hilary Banks
Tatyana Ali ... Ashley Banks (as Tatyana M. Ali)
Joseph Marcell ... Geoffrey Butler
Tyra Banks ... Jackie Ames (as Tyra)
Craig Shoemaker ... Louis
Cylk Cozart Cylk Cozart ... Hank Farley
Paul Ganus ... Jim
DeJuan Guy ... Billy
Marc Robinson Marc Robinson ... Robert
Matt Moore Matt Moore ... Matt
Robin Quivers ... Judith


At a party, Will wants to impress Jackie and make a fool of the guy she's dating. He ends up making a fool of himself.

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Release Date:

29 November 1993 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Cylk Cozart (Hank Farley) plays a college football player in this episode, when in actuality he was 36 years old at the time the episode aired. See more »


William 'Will' Smith: That's quite an arm you got on you.
Billy: I know, I was going to play for the Dodgers.
William 'Will' Smith: Maybe you will some day.
William 'Will' Smith: Billy, how did you die?
Billy: I was playing ball in my yard, this car jumped the curve and came at me. The driver was drunk.
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Crazy Credits

During the end credits, a blooper of Will & the ghosts is shown. See more »


Referenced in Howard Stern on Demand: Face Painting (2007) See more »

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9 May 2018 | by Arth_JoshiSee all my reviews

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You've Got To Be A Football Hero

The origin of Will Smith's fame and too many mentions from The Graham Norton Show got me to binge watch this series which I think has a potential to be a typical one-time-watch sitcom. The creators made the relations pretty much clear from the first frame now all one seek and wait for is their character development through this journey with hopefully no dips on content or humor. The relation between Will Smith and Tatyana Ali seems interesting (something to look forward especially when she grows up) and is definitely supposed to bring the laughs whilst with James Avery there is a soft spot hidden in there.

After third season one can easily deduce that the bonding between Alfonso Rebeiro and Will Smith despite of being polar opposite in nature and taste that they rely upon. Having said that, the other characters are left undercooked except for James Avery whose portrayal as a disturbed father of teen kids is brilliant. Karyn Parsons' same old ideology may provide a laugh here and there but it can also annoy you.

The "death" sequence doesn't go as anticipated in terms of humor but surely works like a charm on proving the point that they have attempted in this episode which then begs the question whether it is acceptable to suffer for art to this extent or not depending upon the perspective.

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