Posts Tagged ‘Brian Bosworth’

BRIAN BOSWORTH SEGMENT FROM ESPN AT 25 “BIGGEST FLOPS”

July 6, 2008

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BRIAN BOSWORTH: HERO

July 6, 2008

BRIAN BOSWORTH

AOL Fanhouse found this item in a Canadian newspaper:

Former Oklahoma and Seattle Seahawks football player Brian Bosworth is being celebrated as a “hero” today. Bosworth rushed to the aid of a Canadian woman who had crashed her car into a ditch just outside of Winnipeg. Bosworth carried the woman to safety. The Winnipeg Free Press snapped this picture just after the accident:

 

“THE BOZ” TO THE RESCUE

Congrats! It only took 22 years since leaving college, but Bosworth finally did something right in his life. Bosworth was one of the most overhyped college football players in history at Oklahoma. He is still remembered for getting brutalized by Bo Jackson against the Raiders in a Monday Night Football game in 1987. Jackson sprinted for 221 yards in the game- much of it by LITERALLY running over Bosworth. It was one of the poorest individual defensive games in NFL history.

Injuries as well as incompetence led to Bosworth being out of the NFL after just three seasons. Many blamed his injuries on steroid use. Bosworth, along with Tony Mandarich, are often the first athletes that come to mind as overblown college players that succeeded mainly due to steroid use then failed at the next level.

After flopping in the NFL, Bosworth starred in the 1991 movie Stone Cold. That gave Bosworth the unique distinction of being named one of the 25 biggest flops in sports history AND making one of The 20 Worst Movies of All-Time.

However, Bosworth’s career  was not without entertainment value. Besides being punked by Bo Jackson, Bosworth was captured by tv cameras on the sidelines of the 1987 Orange Bowl. He was wearing a t-shirt that said, “National Communists Against Athletes” in honor of the NCAA which suspended him from the game after a positive steroid test.

Bosworth was also responsible for legendary Oklahoma football coach Barry Switzer getting axed. Bosworth’s biography described players freebasing cocaine on game days and firing machine guns from the Oklahoma football players dorm balcony. The school was eventually nailed with 20 violations by the NCAA and Switzer was forced to resign in disgrace.