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Sports cameos in movies and TV

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Craig (Rex Ryan), Donny (Adam Sandler), Todd (Andy Samberg) and Brie (Ciara) in Columbia PIctures' comedy THAT'S MY BOY. Photo Credit: Photo by Tracy Bennett

Athletes step out of their comfort zone and into Hollywood to play themselves or characters in this sampling of notable cameos.
NSFW warning: Some clips may contain harsh language.
Compiled by Ashley Melfi

KAREEM ABDUL-JABBAR
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KAREEM ABDUL-JABBAR
"Airplane"
Abdul-Jabbar initially insisted he was co-pilot Roger Murdock in “Airplane.” But when a child berates Abdul-Jabbar’s lack of effort on defense, the Hall of Famer reveals his identity.
Watch a clip of the movie

LANCE ARMSTRONG
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LANCE ARMSTRONG
"Dodgeball"
In the epic "quitting" speech, Armstrong, playing himself, shows Vince Vaughn how trivial his problems are.
Watch a clip of the movie

TOM BRADY
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TOM BRADY
"Entourage"
At first, Turtle delivers a major dose of trash talk to the Patriots’ quarterback. But within seconds, Brady wins him over and sets up a double date with Gisele Bundchen and Jamie-Lynn Sigler.
Watch a clip of the episode (NSFW)

BILL BUCKNER
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BILL BUCKNER
"Curb Your Enthusiam"
Buckner pokes fun at his infamous gaffe and eventually makes a life-saving catch in an episode of “Curb.”
Watch a clip of the episode

ROGER CLEMENS
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ROGER CLEMENS
"Kingpin"
As “Skidmark,” Clemens gets in Randy Quaid’s face, and gives Woody Harrelson an emphatic high-five.
Watch a clip of the movie (NSFW)

WILT CHAMBERLAIN
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WILT CHAMBERLAIN "Conan The Destroyer"
Chamberlain plays Arnold Schwarzenegger’s henchman, Bombaata.
Watch a clip of the movie

MIKE DITKA
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MIKE DITKA
"Kicking and Screaming"
Ditka doesn’t play himself in “Kicking,” but he is Ditka-esque in delivering a speech about coffee to Will Ferrell.
Watch a clip of the movie

BRETT FARVE
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BRETT FARVE
"There's Something About Mary"
Ben Stiller has Favre, a former fling of Cameron Diaz's, to live up to in “There’s Something About Mary.”
Watch a clip of the movie (NSFW)

RYAN HOWARD AND CHASE UTLEY “It's Always Sunny
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RYAN HOWARD AND CHASE UTLEY
“It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia”
The Phillies’ cameos start with Dennis and Charlie scamming their way into meeting Utley and Howard, and ends with Dennis and Charlie drunk, on the floor, and wrestling. What else would you expect from “Sunny”?
Watch a clip of the episode (NSFW)

BO JACKSON
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BO JACKSON
"The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air"
Bo Jackson was part of a star-studded episode of “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.” In a promo featuring star Will Smith, Jackson isn’t cool with last billing.
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REGGIE JACKSON “The Naked Gun” Jackson plays a
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REGGIE JACKSON
“The Naked Gun”
Jackson plays a robot who is supposed to kill the queen in the Leslie Nielsen comedy. Jackson makes his appearance around the 8:50 mark of the clip below.
Watch a clip of the movie

LEBRON JAMES “Entourage” LeBron calls out Vince’s modest
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LEBRON JAMES
“Entourage”
LeBron calls out Vince’s modest donation to Matt Damon’s charity, and coaxes him to donate $150,000.
Watch a clip of the episode (NSFW)

DEREK JETER AND BERNIE WILLIAMS “Seinfeld” Jeter and
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DEREK JETER AND BERNIE WILLIAMS
“Seinfeld”
Jeter and Williams get batting tips from Yankees employee George Costanza.
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DEREK JETER “The Other Guys” Mark Wahlberg shoots
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DEREK JETER
“The Other Guys”
Mark Wahlberg shoots Jeter in one of the opening scenes of “The Other Guys,” earning Wahlberg the nickname, “Yankee Clipper.”
Watch a clip of the movie (NSFW)

MICHAEL JORDAN “Space Jam” Jordan stars as the
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MICHAEL JORDAN
“Space Jam”
Jordan stars as the key player on TuneSquad against the evil Monstars. Spoiler alert: MJ hits the game-winning shot.
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ALEX KARRAS “Blazing Saddles” As the imposing “Mongo,”
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ALEX KARRAS
“Blazing Saddles”
As the imposing “Mongo,” Karras knocks out a horse with one punch in “Blazing Saddles.”
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JOHN MCENROE “Mr. Deeds” McEnroe creates some havoc
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JOHN MCENROE
“Mr. Deeds”
McEnroe creates some havoc during a night out on the town with Longfellow Deeds, played by Adam Sandler.
Watch a clip of the movie (NSFW)

JOE NAMATH “The Simpsons” Bart Simpson wants to
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JOE NAMATH
“The Simpsons”
Bart Simpson wants to be an NFL quarterback. Who better for advice than the ultra-cool Joe Namath?
Watch a clip of the episode

CAM NEELY “Dumb and Dumber” Neely plays the
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CAM NEELY
“Dumb and Dumber”
Neely plays the intimidating “Seabass,” and has several run-ins with Lloyd and Harry.
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SHAQUILLE O'NEAL “Blue Chips” Shaq plays a college
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SHAQUILLE O'NEAL
“Blue Chips”
Shaq plays a college recruit in “Blue Chips,” starring Nick Nolte.
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SHAQUILLE O’NEAL “Kazaam” In a movie that would
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SHAQUILLE O’NEAL
“Kazaam”
In a movie that would never be put in the same sentence as “Oscar,” O’Neal plays the title character, a genie. Watch at your own risk.
Watch a clip of this movie.

PAUL O'NEILL “Seinfeld” O’Neill is forced to hit
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PAUL O'NEILL
“Seinfeld”
O’Neill is forced to hit two home runs for a sick boy, thanks to Kramer. O’Neill takes exception with the wild request, especially the fact that Kramer was “stupid enough to promise two” homers.
Watch a clip of the episode

PELE “Victory” Pele helps the underdog Allied team,
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PELE
“Victory”
Pele helps the underdog Allied team, which featured Sylvester Stallone as the goalie, manage a draw in the World War II movie.
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ALEX RODRIGUEZ, AMARE STOUDEMIRE, MICHAEL STRAHAN AND MARK
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ALEX RODRIGUEZ, AMARE STOUDEMIRE, MICHAEL STRAHAN AND MARK TEIXEIRA
“Entourage”
Turtle hits up the four New York sports stars for more money to bring Don Pepe’s to the West Coast.
Watch a clip of the episode (NSFW)

REX RYAN “That's My Boy” Ryan appears as
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REX RYAN
“That's My Boy”
Ryan appears as an attorney in the Adam Sandler and Andy Samberg movie. Naturally, Ryan is a diehard Patriots fan who loves Tom Brady and Bill Belichick.
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O.J. SIMPSON “The Naked Gun” Leslie Nielsen tries
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O.J. SIMPSON
“The Naked Gun”
Leslie Nielsen tries to comfort the wife of Simpson’s cop character Nordberg, but just makes the situation worse. Watch a clip of the movie

LAWRENCE TAYLOR “Any Given Sunday” In the clip
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LAWRENCE TAYLOR
“Any Given Sunday”
In the clip below, Taylor pleads with a doctor to give him an extra injection of cortisone. Taylor also delivers an inspirational speech to Jamie Foxx in the movie.
Watch a clip of the movie (NSFW)

LAWRENCE TAYLOR “The Waterboy” Alongside the bumbling Bobby
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LAWRENCE TAYLOR
“The Waterboy”
Alongside the bumbling Bobby Boucher, LT just wants to get one point across to a group of youths: Don’t smoke crack.
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LEE TREVINO “Happy Gilmore” Like Shooter McGavin, Trevino
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LEE TREVINO
“Happy Gilmore”
Like Shooter McGavin, Trevino doesn’t appreciate Happy’s antics, shaking his head at the hockey player-turned-golfer.
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MIKE TYSON “The Hangover” Tyson air drums to
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MIKE TYSON
“The Hangover” Tyson air drums to Phil Collins, knocks out Zach Galifianakis, and demands Bradley Cooper and Ed Helms return his tiger, all in this 2 1/2-minute clip.
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BOB UECKER “Major League” Harry Doyle, the character
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BOB UECKER
“Major League”
Harry Doyle, the character Uecker portrayed in “Major League,” became nearly as famous as the sportscaster himself.
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