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The Best NFL Cameos Ever (VIDEO)

By: The Football Girl | Posted: December 06, 2012

In a game week with another suspension, another star player landing on IR, a new quarterback controversy (it should been at least), and a possible AFC Championship preview on the docket, nothing has dominated the news cycle more than this little gem – a dug up video of Jim Harbaugh's cameo on "Saved by the Bell: The New Class."

This reverberation of excitement shouldn’t be surprising because we are, after all, talking about crazy, mysterious Jim Harbaugh, and wait, JIM HARBAUGH HAD A CAMEO ON SAVED BY THE BELL!?!? As SCREECH'S COUSIN?

This got us thinking about other cameos by NFL players, of which there have been many. Here are some of our favorites. (Note: We have not included any “Entourage” cameos because they occured so frequently -- and Tom Brady is already on enough lists, isn't he?.) 


LaDanian Tomlinson in “Sesame Street” - 2010

L.T. takes off his shades and teaches Elmo a touchdown celebration dance.  Very understated and classy by NFL standards. 



Lawrence Taylor in “The Waterboy” - 1998

L.T. with an important message for the kiddies. 


Deacon Jones in “The Brady Bunch” – 1969 

In an amazing preview of a certain campy FOX show, Deacon Jones guests with an important message: glee clubs and football do, indeed, make for a quality mash-up. 



Hines Ward in “The Dark Knight Rises” trailer – 2011 

No lines necessary. 



Brett Favre in “There’s Something About Mary” – 1998 

As film critic, Ben Mankiewicz, notes here: “Favre is so bad, he can’t even stand still well.” Awesomely bad, though. 



Bo Jackson in Fresh Prince of Bel Air” - 1990

There is no available footage of the actual episode (“Someday My Prince Will Be in Full Effect”) in which Jackson appears, but this promo illustrates the chemistry between Jackson and the guy with those misunderstanding parents. 



Jim Harbaugh in “Saved by the Bell: The New Class” – 1996 

Harbaugh on the virtues of humility.  Just legendary. 


What doozies are we missing?



You, the readers have spoken (via comments here and on Twitter) and here is what I have apparently been remiss in not originally including…


Joe Namath on “The Brady Bunch” – 1973

(I really offended a lot of folks by failing to include this in our first publishing. I agree, it should have been there.)



Terry Bradshaw in “Hooper”



Eric Mangini in “The Sopranos” – 2007



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Posts: 7
Where's Mongo?
Reply #5 on : Sat December 08, 2012, 12:05:25
No Alex Karras in Blazing Saddles? That's gotta be number 1
Kashif ali
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Reply #4 on : Fri December 07, 2012, 15:15:43
Missing Eric Mangini on the sopranos
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NFL cameo
Reply #3 on : Fri December 07, 2012, 13:14:58
missing Joe Namath on Brady Bunch.
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NFL Cameos
Reply #2 on : Fri December 07, 2012, 12:53:46
Some that you may have missed:

*Terry Bradshaw in "Hooper." ->

*Joe Klecko in "Cannonball Run" ->

*Joe Namath in "The Brady Bunch." ->

*Bob Golic in "Coach" (stirring episode)

Probably a few more but these stick out in my head.
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Harbaugh, Bradshaw, Norton, and Banks on Brisco County Jr.
Reply #1 on : Fri December 07, 2012, 11:36:02
Wild west football at its most hilarious.