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March 25, 2014 | Luke Jones

15. Bubba Smith

You won’t find many stories about the two-time Pro Bowl defensive end being a goofball — his dominating play did the talking — during his days with the Colts, but it was his post-playing career that landed him on our list of local sports goofballs.

Smith became an actor and appeared in a number of television shows and movies, but he became somewhat of a cult hero playing the soft-spoken officer Moses Hightower in the Police Academy movie series in the 1980s. The College Football Hall of Fame inductee was also a regular on a series of popular beer commercials featuring retired players.

Remembered as a great teammate and a gentle giant when he passed away in 2011, Smith’s acting roles allowed Baltimoreans to see him in a different light.

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3 Comments For This Post

  1. Sam Says:

    Great work Luke. Actually was a great list and you didn’t miss a name. IMO.

  2. chris Says:

    GREAT job. I dont think anyone in their right mind would complain about this list. Watching the letterman clips with Art Donovan took me back. Holy Moly he was funny.

    On a side note, what do you think the back lash would be today if a player (just because he was also on the list, we’ll say Terell Suggs) went on a late night talk show and talked about a jewish guy beating him out in college and then making the reference to “those guys are supposed to be lawyers and doctors? It makes me wish we could go back to the 80’s and 90’s when people didnt get bent out of shape about everything.

    (L.J. – Thanks, Chris. I was thinking the same exact thing when I heard that portion of the clip. It was definitely a different era.)

  3. Phil Says:

    Nice job! I still get chills listening to the Decinces homerun call…seems like it was yesterday for a lifelong Oriooo’s fan as Eckman would say.

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