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Former Linebacker for the Seattle Seahawks; Two-Time Consensus All-American; Inducted into College Football Hall of Fame

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Brian Bosworth, nicknamed "The Boz," is an American actor and former professional football player who served as a linebacker for the Seattle Seahawks in the National Football League (NFL). Prior to the NFL, he played for the University of Oklahoma, where he was recognized as a consensus first-team All-American in 1985 and 1986.

Known for his radical hairstyles and criticism of the NCAA as much as his on-field play, Bosworth embraced publicity and controversy. On more than one occasion Bosworth referred to the NCAA as the "National Communists Against Athletes." He wore a T-shirt bearing that slogan during the 1987 Orange Bowl game following the 1986 season. Barred from playing in the game because of a positive steroid test, Bosworth unveiled the shirt while standing on the sidelines to the shock and outrage of many, including his own coach, Barry Switzer.

A strong-side inside linebacker throughout his college career, Bosworth was known for raising his level of play in big games. He was regarded as a great tackler. The winner of the first two Butkus Awards as the nation's top college linebacker, he remains the only player ever to have won the accolade more than once. College Football News ranked him No. 30 on its list of the "100 Greatest College Players of All-Time." In October 1999, Bosworth was named to the Sports Illustrated NCAA Football All-Century Team as one of only nine linebackers on the squad.

In addition to his athletic accomplishments, Bosworth was a good student, graduating a year early and thus becoming eligible for the NFL's supplemental draft.

Prior to his entry into the NFL supplemental draft, Bosworth had sent letters to various NFL teams stating that, if they drafted him, he wouldn't report to their training camp and he wouldn't play for them. As a joke, the Tacoma Stars of the Major Indoor Soccer League selected him in the 12th round in their 1987 draft, as their general manager stated, "Because we didn't receive a letter from him that he wouldn't play for us." Bosworth was interviewed on The Today Show by Bryant Gumbel shortly after word came out about the letters and declared his desire was to play for the Los Angeles Raiders above all else, saying he felt they fit his personality best.

Bosworth was drafted by the Seattle Seahawks, one of the teams to whom he had sent a letter of uninterest, in the 1987 NFL supplemental draft. After initially declaring he would stick to his promise that he would not sign, he signed both the biggest contract in team history and the biggest rookie contract in NFL history at the time: ten years for $11 million.

He appeared in 12 games in his rookie season, playing well for the most part, but became known more for his outspoken personality and appearance than his actual play on the field. Before the first game of the season, versus the Denver Broncos, Bosworth trash talked Denver quarterback John Elway. 10,000 Denver fans wore $15 T-shirts reading "BAN THE BOZ", but did not know that Bosworth's company manufactured the shirts.

In September 1988, Bosworth co-authored a book with Sports Illustrated's Rick Reilly in 1988 entitled, "The Boz: Confessions of a Modern Anti-Hero."

Bosworth was forced to retire after only two seasons in 1989, having suffered a shoulder injury in the 1988 season. Team Doctor Pierce E. Scranton Jr. explained that "Brian was a twenty-five-year-old with the shoulders of a sixty-year-old. He flunked my physical."

Following the end of his football career, Bosworth decided to pursue a career as an actor. He starred in the 1991 action film Stone Cold and has had an on-again/off-again film career starring in several low budget titles such as One Man's Justice that went straight to DVD. In 2005, he had a role as one of the prison-guard football players in the Adam Sandler movie remake The Longest Yard. He also starred in Lawless, a television series for Fox.

In 2001, Bosworth joined the XFL as a color commentator for its television broadcasts. He was assigned to the crew which called games that aired Sunday nights on UPN, which consisted of Chris Marlowe on play-by-play and Chris Wragge and Michael Barkann as the sideline reporters.

Two years later, Bosworth was hired by Turner Sports as a college football studio analyst. Bosworth worked on TBS' Saturday night game coverage, contributing to pregame, halftime, and postgame coverage alongside studio host Ernie Johnson. He left the position after the 2003 season.

He has also appeared in Hell's Kitchen as a dining guest, and in commercials with various other former NFL players, including Matt Leinart, Heath Shuler and Bo Jackson.

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Brian Bosworth

Former Linebacker for the Seattle Seahawks; Two-Time Consensus All-American; Inducted into College Football Hall of Fame

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Brian Bosworth Biography

Brian Bosworth, nicknamed "The Boz," is an American actor and former professional football player who served as a linebacker for the Seattle Seahawks in the National Football League (NFL). Prior to the NFL, he played for the University of Oklahoma, where he was recognized as a consensus first-team All-American in 1985 and 1986.

Known for his radical hairstyles and criticism of the NCAA as much as his on-field play, Bosworth embraced publicity and controversy. On more than one occasion Bosworth referred to the NCAA as the "National Communists Against Athletes." He wore a T-shirt bearing that slogan during the 1987 Orange Bowl game following the 1986 season. Barred from playing in the game because of a positive steroid test, Bosworth unveiled the shirt while standing on the sidelines to the shock and outrage of many, including his own coach, Barry Switzer.

A strong-side inside linebacker throughout his college career, Bosworth was known for raising his level of play in big games. He was regarded as a great tackler. The winner of the first two Butkus Awards as the nation's top college linebacker, he remains the only player ever to have won the accolade more than once. College Football News ranked him No. 30 on its list of the "100 Greatest College Players of All-Time." In October 1999, Bosworth was named to the Sports Illustrated NCAA Football All-Century Team as one of only nine linebackers on the squad.

In addition to his athletic accomplishments, Bosworth was a good student, graduating a year early and thus becoming eligible for the NFL's supplemental draft.

Prior to his entry into the NFL supplemental draft, Bosworth had sent letters to various NFL teams stating that, if they drafted him, he wouldn't report to their training camp and he wouldn't play for them. As a joke, the Tacoma Stars of the Major Indoor Soccer League selected him in the 12th round in their 1987 draft, as their general manager stated, "Because we didn't receive a letter from him that he wouldn't play for us." Bosworth was interviewed on The Today Show by Bryant Gumbel shortly after word came out about the letters and declared his desire was to play for the Los Angeles Raiders above all else, saying he felt they fit his personality best.

Bosworth was drafted by the Seattle Seahawks, one of the teams to whom he had sent a letter of uninterest, in the 1987 NFL supplemental draft. After initially declaring he would stick to his promise that he would not sign, he signed both the biggest contract in team history and the biggest rookie contract in NFL history at the time: ten years for $11 million.

He appeared in 12 games in his rookie season, playing well for the most part, but became known more for his outspoken personality and appearance than his actual play on the field. Before the first game of the season, versus the Denver Broncos, Bosworth trash talked Denver quarterback John Elway. 10,000 Denver fans wore $15 T-shirts reading "BAN THE BOZ", but did not know that Bosworth's company manufactured the shirts.

In September 1988, Bosworth co-authored a book with Sports Illustrated's Rick Reilly in 1988 entitled, "The Boz: Confessions of a Modern Anti-Hero."

Bosworth was forced to retire after only two seasons in 1989, having suffered a shoulder injury in the 1988 season. Team Doctor Pierce E. Scranton Jr. explained that "Brian was a twenty-five-year-old with the shoulders of a sixty-year-old. He flunked my physical."

Following the end of his football career, Bosworth decided to pursue a career as an actor. He starred in the 1991 action film Stone Cold and has had an on-again/off-again film career starring in several low budget titles such as One Man's Justice that went straight to DVD. In 2005, he had a role as one of the prison-guard football players in the Adam Sandler movie remake The Longest Yard. He also starred in Lawless, a television series for Fox.

In 2001, Bosworth joined the XFL as a color commentator for its television broadcasts. He was assigned to the crew which called games that aired Sunday nights on UPN, which consisted of Chris Marlowe on play-by-play and Chris Wragge and Michael Barkann as the sideline reporters.

Two years later, Bosworth was hired by Turner Sports as a college football studio analyst. Bosworth worked on TBS' Saturday night game coverage, contributing to pregame, halftime, and postgame coverage alongside studio host Ernie Johnson. He left the position after the 2003 season.

He has also appeared in Hell's Kitchen as a dining guest, and in commercials with various other former NFL players, including Matt Leinart, Heath Shuler and Bo Jackson.

Brian Bosworth Videos

  • Playing for Oklahoma Sooners was the highlight of my career
    Former Oklahoma Sooners and Seattle Seahawks linebacker Brian Bosworth speaks with Highly Questionable about his relationship with his father and...
  • When The Boz Met Bo Jackson (HD)
    Thanks for Watching! Remember to comment like and subscribe and request what you would like to see next in the comments below
  • Midnight Heat (Blackout) - Brian Bosworth - Original Trailer by Film&Clips
    Midnight Heat (Blackout) - Brian Bosworth - Original Trailer by Film&Clips Directed by Allan A. Goldstein, with Brian Bosworth, Brad Dourif,...

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  • How to book Brian Bosworth?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Brian Bosworth for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Brian Bosworth, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Brian Bosworth or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Brian Bosworth?

    Booking fees for Brian Bosworth, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Brian Bosworth, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Brian Bosworth?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Brian Bosworth for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Brian Bosworth for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Brian Bosworth or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Brian Bosworth or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Brian Bosworth is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Brian Bosworth for your event is $10,000 - $20,000. Brian Bosworth generally travels from Malibu, CA, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are William Fichtner, Lance Henriksen, James Cromwell, Michael Ironside and IronE Singleton. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Brian Bosworth for an upcoming event.

Brian Bosworth Speaker Videos

  • Playing for Oklahoma Sooners was the highlight of my career
    Former Oklahoma Sooners and Seattle Seahawks linebacker Brian Bosworth speaks with Highly Questionable about his relationship with his father and what it meant to him to play linebacker at Oklahoma....
    When The Boz Met Bo Jackson (HD)
    Thanks for Watching! Remember to comment like and subscribe and request what you would like to see next in the comments below
  • Midnight Heat (Blackout) - Brian Bosworth - Original Trailer by Film&Clips
    Midnight Heat (Blackout) - Brian Bosworth - Original Trailer by Film&Clips Directed by Allan A. Goldstein, with Brian Bosworth, Brad Dourif, Claire Yarlett, Marta DuBois, Jeremy Roberts, Lance...
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    Extended 1984 to 1986 highlights of Oklahoma Sooner All-American Linebacker Brian Bosworth

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