Athletes who tried to get in on the action and failed miserably
cleveland native Bob Golic was a center linebacker for the 1977 Notre Dame national championship football team and went on to a respectable career in the NFL. During the off-seasons, he kept tabs on an acting career after acting, landing bit parts on shows like “Coach,” “Good Advice,” and Ken Wahl’s 1991 vehicle, “The Taking of Beverly.” Hills”. At the time, Golic said sarcastically“They needed a guy who looked like a football player…so I had to stretch to get into that character. They asked me to act like I’d had a few beers. I think: ‘Wow, I don’t ‘know if I can do that.'”
When he officially hung up his boots in 1993, he already had his next gig planned, but unfortunately not in the film about his inspirational former Fighting Irish teammate, Rudy Ruttiger, jokingly saying “I can’t even seem to have a part to play myself.” Instead, his first big role was as the tough-nosed dorm resident advisor for Zack Morris, AC Slater and Screech on Turkey from an NBC primetime show “Saved By The Bell: The College Years”. Golic was the first to admit that he “wasn’t DeNiro,” but even if “College Years” had starred DeNiro, he probably wouldn’t have avoided the scathing reviews saying “the average is quite low,” “brimming with tasteless sitcom madness,” and “dumbest and least interesting series on prime time tv.”
After the show was canceled after just one season, Golic only made two subsequent television appearances (“Dave’s World” and “Charlie Grace”) and graced the 1997 film “Dreamboat.” He has since retired from Hollywood to become a homecoming radio host in Ohio.