Tony Gonzalez, arguably one of the greatest tight ends in NFL history, makes his big screen debut in xXx: Return of Xander Cage as Paul Donovan, one in a group of thrill-seeking cohorts assembled by Xander (Vin Diesel). Gonzo is just the latest pro football player to catch the acting bug. Here is a look at the NFL's players turned actors who have gone beyond merely playing themselves on screen.
Will Leitch is joined by former Pro Bowl RB Thomas Q. Jones to discuss his up and down career, making the transition from NFL player to acting as well as his role as Comanche in Netflix's hit series Luke Cage. For more of The Will Leitch Show subscribe to SITV.
From future MVPs to crossover superstars to flashes in the pan, many NFL players were once prospects flashing their potential at the NFL combine. Check out how these famous players looked at the "underwear Olympics" before they were drafted.
These are the players who were drafted high by the teams involved, signed to huge free-agent contracts or acquired for far too much trade capital, but completely failed to perform. There's always a story behind a player who was once great at some level, and just got kicked in the butt by the NFL—or by life in general—at some point. A few qualifications: The player had to play in the Super Bowl era. The player started 16 games for the franchise. The player is no longer active in the NFL. (Though, we made a few exceptions for the absolute worst.) :: BY CHRIS BURKE AND DOUG FARRAR