5 times former Minnesota Vikings players shined in movies or TV

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Brett Favre

Not only is he in the Pro Football Hall of Fame and holds multiple passing records but Brett Favre‘s role in There’s Something About Mary where he played the ex-boyfriend of Mary (played by Cameron Diaz) put him in front of the eyes of millions of people.

The adult humor in that movie struck a chord with audiences and it had people flocking to see it in theaters. It made $369 million at the box office, making a huge profit off the $23 million budget. Plus, the release time of 1998 was perfect considering Favre’s Packers beat the Patriots in Super Bowl XXXI and Favre had three touchdowns in that game.

Of course, most of Favre’s performances as an actor came from him playing himself. When you are a celebrity and you can make a big impact in a scene as being the real-life version of yourself, it can be an easy job.

However, his first credited acting gig is probably the most interesting of all of them. Reggie’s Prayer is about a football player who retires from football without winning a championship and it pushes him to become a coach. It stars Favre’s teammate Reggie White, wrestling’s The Big Show, and The Karate Kid‘s Pat Morita, making it a fun flick for football fans and lovers of uplifting nostalgia films.

Notable roles:

  • Reggie’s Prayer (1996) – Janitor
  • Arli$ (1997) – self
  • There’s Something About Mary (1998) – self
  • KaBlam! (1998) – self

Shining role: There’s Something About Mary