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Brian and the Boz 

In some ways, Barry Switzer and Brian Bosworth were made for each other. The Oklahoma coach and the linebacker he recruited to play for him were both out-sized personalities who delighted ... See full summary »

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Thaddeus D. Matula
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Episode credited cast:
Fred Akers Fred Akers ... Himself
Bob Barry Jr. Bob Barry Jr. ... Himself
Brian Bosworth ... Himself
Foster Bosworth Foster Bosworth ... Himself (archive footage)
Vicki Bosworth Vicki Bosworth ... Herself
Chip Brown Chip Brown ... Himself - Writer
Mack Brown ... Himself
Tony Casillas Tony Casillas ... Himself
J. Brent Clark J. Brent Clark ... Himself
John DiPasquale John DiPasquale ... Himself - Childhood Friend
Todd Dodge Todd Dodge ... Himself - Texas Quarterback
John Elway ... Himself (archive footage)
Evan Garwood Evan Garwood ... Himself
Gary Gibbs Gary Gibbs ... Himself
Dale Hansen Dale Hansen ... Himself
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In some ways, Barry Switzer and Brian Bosworth were made for each other. The Oklahoma coach and the linebacker he recruited to play for him were both out-sized personalities who delighted in thumbing their noses at the establishment. And in their three seasons together (1984-86), the unique father-son dynamic resulted in 31 wins and two Orange Bowl victories as Bosworth was awarded the first two Butkus Awards. But then Bosworth's alter ego: "The Boz," took over both their lives and ultimately destroyed their careers. In "Brian and The Boz," Bosworth looks back on the mistakes he made and passes on the lessons he learned to his son. It's a revealing portrait of a man who had and lost it all, and a trip back to a time when enough just wasn't enough. Written by ESPN Films

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28 October 2014 (USA) See more »

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Austin, Texas, USA

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Kind of sad...
16 December 2014 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This "30 for 30" episode from ESPN is about Brian Bosworth--a HUGE figure in college football in the 1980s and a self-destructive jerk as well. Now this is NOT meant as a personal attack on Bosworth, as he himself describes himself pretty much as a jerk for his actions that ultimately led to an early retirement and the label that he was one of the biggest draft busts in NFL history. This film is about the man, the myth he created and the actions that led to his alienating so many folks along the way.

In many ways, this is a fascinating show despite the Boz persona being so unlikable and brash. Unlike some films that that about guys who were stars who failed, this one actually spends much of the time interviewing Bosworth today to get his insights and his own condemnation of the caricature he became at the time--making it very interesting and self-revealing. It is also a bit embarrassing to watch, as he did make a fool of himself and now is shown today owning up to these actions. Interesting and well worth seeing.


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