Football world mourns Carl Weathers, who played in NFL and CFL: ‘Just damn sad’ – saimmalik


Legendary actor Carl Weathers died Thursday on the age of 76, his household introduced.

Tributes have poured in from lots in Hollywood, together with his “Rocky” costar within the man who performed Balboa himself, Sylvester Stallone.

However earlier than Weathers hit it huge as Apollo Creed and Chubbs Peterson, Weathers was a star soccer participant, making it to the NFL.

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Actor Carl Weathers greets the group previous to the Las Vegas Raiders sport in opposition to the Houston Texans at Allegiant Stadium on October 23, 2022, in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Steve Marcus/Getty Pictures)

Weathers went undrafted out of San Diego State in 1970 however nonetheless managed to signal with the Oakland Raiders that 12 months, making it to that season’s AFC Championship with John Madden as his head coach.

He was launched the next seasons, enjoying in simply eight NFL video games, however he then performed for the Canadian Soccer League’s BC Lions for 18 video games from 1971 to 1973.

The Raiders and Lions each supplied touching statements about their former participant.

“The Raiders Household is mourning the lack of Carl Weathers, who handed away Thursday,” the team said. “Weathers performed two seasons with the Silver and Black earlier than embarking on a profitable performing profession that spanned 5 a long time, famously depicting boxer Apollo Creed within the Rocky franchise amongst many different unforgettable roles. At all times a proud Raider, Weathers might be missed dearly by his Raiders Household and his many followers worldwide. Our deepest condolences are with the Weathers household presently.”

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Moderator Carl Weathers speaks onstage throughout The Mandalorian FYC Occasion at DGA Theater Advanced in Hollywood, California on June 11, 2023. (Picture by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Pictures for Disney) (Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Pictures for Disney)

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“Our ideas are with household & associates of Carl Weathers, former #BCLions Linebacker & beloved Rocky character, Apollo Creed. RIP, Legend,” the Lions wrote.

Former NFL quarterback Robert Griffin III shared a video of Weathers’ performing highlights.

“There is no such thing as a Rocky with out Apollo Creed and we have been fortunate that Carl introduced him to life. RIP to a legend,” RG3 said.

Kyle Brandt, a “Good Morning Soccer” host on the NFL Community, supplied his ideas.

“Very unhappy in regards to the information of Carl Weathers passing. I’ve received no Apollo quote. No Predator GIF. I’m simply rattling unhappy,” said Brandt. “That man entertained us for five a long time. He mattered. He’s missed.”

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Sylvester Stallone, Carl Weathers (Getty Pictures)

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Weathers most lately starred in all three seasons of “The Mandalorian” as Greef Karga, the chief of a bounty hunter guild. Different movie credit embrace roles in “Friday Foster,” “Bucktown,” “Shut Encounters of the Third Type,” “Demise Hunt,” “The Comebacks” and “Toy Story 4.” 

Fox Information’ Brie Stimson contributed to this report.

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