Brian “The Boz” Bosworth was born March 9th, 1965 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. He attended MacArthur High School in Irving, Texas. He attended the University of Oklahoma from 1984 to 1986 where he played for Coach Barry Switzer and the Sooner football team. He was considered an outstanding athlete as an inside linebacker. He was awarded the Dick Butkus award and a Consensus All American in 1985 and 1986. He was a very smart individual graduating from college in only 3 1/2 years. However, as smart and talented as he was, Brian Bosworth also had a wild side.
He was known for having a radical hairstyle and a mouth that couldn’t quit. He was so vocal about his feelings that during the 1987 Orange bowl, he wore a shirt that said, “National Communist Against Athletes. Bosworth was banned from playing in the Orange Bowl to begin with as he tested positive for steroid use. Even Barry Switzer who ran a loose ship was shocked by this. In an article by CBS Sports, Coach Switzer was quoted saying this, "I didn't see it until I looked at the film, "Oklahoma's former coach said. "I said, 'Boz you need to plan on playing pro football because your *** ain't going to play for me anymore. It wasn't the T-shirt. I told him not to do anything that would embarrass himself, the team or this university. He did. That's why I kicked his *** off the team." (Link to full article)
In 1987 The Boz entered the NFL Supplemental draft and was selected by the Seattle Seahawks in the first round. Before even entering the draft, Bozworth continued with his wild personality by writing letters to select NFL teams that if they drafted him, he would not show up to their training camps. Bozworth received an 11 million 10 year contract with the Seahawks. At the time this was the largest contract by the Seahawks in their history and for a rookie.
In his first season in the pro’s, Bosworth appeared in 12 games playing ok but did a better a better job of running his mouth. Before the first game of the season, Bosworth spent time trash talking the Denver Broncos and John Elway. He even made a little money of this stunt by selling “Ban the Boz” shirts to unsuspecting Denver fans making a total of $150,000. He continued his trash talking in the 1987 Monday Night Football game against Bo Jackson and the Los Angeles Raiders. He promised to shut down Bo Jackson in the game. Unfortunately he could not keep his word as Bo Jackson rushed for 221 yards and three touchdowns in the game. The famous play from this game was Brian Bosworth failing to tackle and stop Jackson from scoring a touchdown on the one yard line.
(There is no sound in the clip below, but you can see the famous play in the clip)
Brian Bosworth retired in the 1989 season having suffered a shoulder injury in the 1988 season. He was considered one of the biggest flops in NFL history being named the sixth worst in ESPN’s Top 25 Flops of the NFL. After the NFL, The Boz decided to take up a career in acting and starred in his first action film Stone Cold in 1991. His career in acting has been on and off since 1991 appearing in many low budget films. In 2001 he was a color commentator for the XFL which only lasted one season. In 2005 he had a small role in The Longest Yard. He is rumored toappear in The Expendables 3.
In 1993 he married his high school sweetheart Katherine Nicastro and had 3 children. Helater filed divorce. In 1999, College Football News ranked Bosworth number 30 on the list of the 100 Greatest College Football Players of All Time. Bosworth has two nephews Kyle and Korey Bosworth that played college football at UCLA and were undrafted free agents signed by the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2010.