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6 NFL Players Who Successfully Tackled Comedy

Carl Weathers Happy Gilmore

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Most people equate football with head injuries, which is actually pretty accurate. But the sport has also produced a number of athletes that have made a name for themselves in some pretty hilarious roles once they left the field. Before you catch pigskin great Eddie George on this week’s Comedy! Bang! Bang!, here are six of our favorite comedic roles played by a former football legend.

6. Bubba Smith, Police Academy

The former NFL defensive end had a number of comedy roles after he retired, but none more famous than that of Hightower in the Police Academy franchise. Seriously, if we saw this guy coming, we would confess to anything just out of sheer terror.

5. Carl Weathers, Happy Gilmore

Sure, everyone knows Weathers for his portrayal of Apollo Creed, but the former NFL and CFL linebacker showed off his comedy chops as Chubbs in Happy Gilmore.

4. Sam Jones, Flash Gordon

Some of you may think that Flash Gordon is a superhero movie and not a comedy. Clearly anyone who shares that opinion has never witnessed the fight scene in this camp classic.

3. Terry Crews, White Chicks

With roles in everything from Bridesmaids to Old Spice commercials, Crews’ acting career has surpassed anything he did during his NFL days.

2. John Matuszak, Goonies

Matuszak’s NFL career was often overshadowed by his hard partying ways off the field. However, everything changed when he played Sloth, the lovable, Baby Ruth-eating hero in Goonies.

1. Alex Karras, Blazing Saddles

Karras was once known as one of the most feared defensive tackles in the NFL. His role as Mongo in Blazing Saddles proved that the ex-Detroit Lion could make audiences roar with laughter. Unlike everything he did in Webster.

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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