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Former NFL Pro Bowler turned actor Bernie Casey passed away yesterday at the age of 78, and frankly, it’s hard to think of some of our favorite 1980’s comedies without him.

Casey’s passing got us thinking about other sports figures who’ve successfully crossed over to a successful acting career.  Let’s face it:  It’s not always easy to make that jump, and we’ve definitely seen some failures over the years, but we think these eight former sports figures made that jump the best.


Bernie Casey

While Casey had successful turns in Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure and I’m Gonna Git You Sucka, we’ll always remember him as Lambda Lambda Lambda head U.N. Jefferson from Revenge of the Nerds.

Revenge of the Nerds - "Backup Arrives" - (HD) - Scenes from the 80s (1984)

Daily uploads with thousands of clips on the way. SUBSCRIBE for a taste of the past! CLIP SUMMARY: U.N. Jefferson and the Lambdas show up to back up their fraternity brothers, the nerds. ENTIRE PLAYLIST: ABOUT THE FILM: Best friends and nerds Lewis Skolnick and Gilbert Lowe enroll in Adams College to study computer science.


Carl Weathers

Being Apollo Creed in the Rocky franchise would’ve been enough, but Weathers’ comedic turns in Happy Gilmore and Arrested Development prove he’s more than worthy of this list.

Carl Weathers Got Stew Going

There's still plenty meat on that bone. You take this home, throw it in a pot, add some broth, a potato... baby you got a stew going! - Arrested Development

Erica Banas is a rock/classic rock news blogger who's well versed in etiquette and extraordinarily nice.