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Encyclopedia > John Matuszak
John Matuszak
Date of birth October 25, 1950
Place of birth Flag of United States Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Date of death June 17, 1989
Position(s) Defensive end
College Tampa
NFL Draft 1973 / Round 1/ Pick 1
Statistics
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Team(s)
1973
1974-1975
1976-1981
Houston Oilers
Kansas City Chiefs
Oakland Raiders

John Daniel Matuszak (October 25, 1950 - June 17, 1989), nicknamed Tooz, was an American football player in the NFL who later became an actor. He was the first draft pick of 1973 and played most of his career with the Oakland Raiders until he retired after winning his second Super Bowl in 1981. Matuszak participated in the 1978 World's Strongest Man competition, where he placed 9th. As an athlete, he gained additional notoriety for his partying and drug abuse. As an actor, he is probably most remembered as the misshapen Sloth in The Goonies (1985). October 25 is the 298th day of the year (299th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1950 (MCML) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will take you to calendar). ... Image File history File links Flag_of_the_United_States. ... Nickname: Cream City, Brew City, Mil Town, The City of Festivals Location of Milwaukee in Milwaukee County, Wisconsin Coordinates: County Milwaukee  - Mayor Tom Barrett Area    - City  97 sq mi (251. ... 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Wolf (1989-present) Warpaint (1963-1988) League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1960-1969) Western Division (1960-1969) National Football League (1970–present) American... City Oakland, California Other nicknames The Silver and Black, Da Raidahs Team colors Silver and Black Head Coach Lane Kiffin Owner Al Davis General manager Michael Lombardi League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1960–1969) Western Division (1960–1969) National Football League (1970–present) American Football Conference (1970–present) AFC... October 25 is the 298th day of the year (299th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1950 (MCML) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will take you to calendar). ... June 17 is the 168th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (169th in leap years), with 197 days remaining. ... 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 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City Oakland, California Other nicknames The Silver and Black, Da Raidahs Team colors Silver and Black Head Coach Lane Kiffin Owner Al Davis General manager Michael Lombardi League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1960–1969) Western Division (1960–1969) National Football League (1970–present) American Football Conference (1970–present) AFC... The winning Super Bowl team receives the Vince Lombardi Trophy. ... The 1981 NFL season was the 62th regular season of the National Football League. ... The Worlds Strongest Man is the best-recognized annual international event in strength athletics. ... Drug abuse has a wide range of definitions related to taking a psychoactive drug or performance enhancing drug for a non-therapeutic or non-medical effect. ... The Goonies was a hit movie in 1985 directed by Richard Donner, with the screenplay written by Chris Columbus from a story by Steven Spielberg. ... // Back to the Future, starring Michael J. 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Matuszak was born in Oak Creek, Wisconsin in 1950 and was always big for his age, which became an advantage as a defensive lineman in football. When he eventually turned pro, he stood 6 feet 8 inches (2.03 meters) and weighed over 280 pounds (127 kilograms). He attended the University of Tampa where he was the star of their football team and a brother of the Theta Chi fraternity . (Incidentally, the football program at the University of Tampa ended after the 1974 season.) Oak Creek is a city located in Milwaukee County, Wisconsin. ... 1950 (MCML) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will take you to calendar). ... A defensive lineman is any of the down positions on the defensive side of American football. ... The University of Tampa, or UT, is a private, co-educational university in downtown Tampa, Florida. ... Theta Chi (ΘΧ) is an international college fraternity for men. ... The University of Tampa, or UT, is a private, co-educational university in downtown Tampa, Florida. ...


Matuszak, drafted by the Houston Oilers of the NFL, was the first draft pick of 1973. In addition to his contract with the Oilers, he joined the Houston Texans of the World Football League, but never played because of a restraining order that barred him from playing for two teams at the same time. The Oilers, displeased that he tried joining the WFL, traded him to the Kansas City Chiefs where he played until 1975. Then he found himself with the Raiders in 1976. He helped the Raiders win two Super Bowls (XI and XV) before retiring after the 1981 season. He played a total of 123 games in nine seasons of professional football. City New Orleans, Louisiana Team colors Old Gold, Black, and White Head Coach Sean Payton Owner Tom Benson General manager Mickey Loomis Mascot Gumbo League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1967–present) Eastern Conference (1967-1969) Capitol Division (1967; 1969) Century Division (1968) National Football Conference (1970-present) NFC West... The 1973 NFL Draft was held on January 30-31, 1973 // 1From New Orleans Saints 2From San Diego Chargers 3From Los Angeles Rams 4From Atlanta Falcons 5From New York Giants 6From Chicago Bears 7From Washington Redskins via Baltimore Colts 8From Miami Dolphins John Hannah, G, Alabama -- taken 1st round, 4th... The Houston Texans contemplated in this article were a franchise which competed in part of the 1974 season of the World Football League, which was an effort to establish a second major professional league of American football in the United States in competition with the National Football League and have... WFL logo The World Football League was an American football league that played in 1974 and part of 1975. ... City Kansas City, Missouri Team colors Red, Gold, and White Head Coach Herman Edwards Owner The Hunt Family [1] General manager Carl Peterson Mascot K.C. Wolf (1989-present) Warpaint (1963-1988) League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1960-1969) Western Division (1960-1969) National Football League (1970–present) American... The 1976 NFL season was the 57th regular season of the National Football League. ... The winning Super Bowl team receives the Vince Lombardi Trophy. ... Date January 9, 1977 Stadium Rose Bowl Stadium City Pasadena, California MVP Fred Biletnikoff, Wide Receiver Favorite Raiders by 4 1/2 National anthem Vikki Carr (America the Beautiful) Coin toss Jim Tunney Referee Jim Tunney Halftime show Disney presents Its A Small World with the Los Angeles Unified... Date January 25, 1981 Stadium Louisiana Superdome City New Orleans, Louisiana MVP Jim Plunkett, Quarterback Favorite Eagles by 3 National anthem Helen OConnell Coin toss Marie Lombardi Referee Ben Dreith Halftime show Jim Skinner Productions presents Mardi Gras Festival Attendance 76,135 TV in the United States Network NBC... The 1981 NFL season was the 62th regular season of the National Football League. ...


His football career was often overshadowed by his even more famous (or infamous) partying and seemingly endless use of drugs. In his autobiography, he stated that he took many painkillers as well as other narcotics while playing professional football. Because of this, an article written for Sports Illustrated's website in January 2005 named him one of the top five all-time "bad boys" of the NFL.[1] For other uses of painkiller, see painkiller (disambiguation) An analgesic (colloquially known as painkiller) is any member of the diverse group of drugs used to relieve pain. ... Look up narcotic in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... The first issue of Sports Illustrated, August 16, 1954, showing Milwaukee Braves star Eddie Mathews at bat in Milwaukee County Stadium. ...


Acting

Matuszak became a fairly successful actor in the 1980s, making appearances in movies and on television, often portraying football players and gentle giants. His first major role was in the 1979 movie North Dallas Forty as a football player. He appeared in the movies Caveman (1981) and The Ice Pirates (1984), but is frequently remembered as Sloth in The Goonies (1985), the make-up for which took five hours to apply.[2] He had numerous guest appearances in popular TV shows such as M*A*S*H, The Dukes of Hazzard, Hunter, The A-Team, First and Ten and Miami Vice. The 1980s refers to the years of 1980 to 1989. ... Film is a term that encompasses individual motion pictures, the field of film as an art form, and the motion picture industry. ... // Events March 5 - Production begins on Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back. ... North Dallas Forty is a 1979 dramatic film written by Peter Gent and starring Nick Nolte, Mac Davis, and G. D. Spradlin. ... Caveman is a 1981 comedy film, financed by George Harrison, which stars Ringo Starr as a caveman who applies some modern day ideas in his comical prehistoric adventures. ... // Events January 19 - Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer acquires beleaguered concurrent United Artists. ... The Ice Pirates is a 1984 comedy/science-fiction film, directed by Stewart Raffill and starring Robert Urich and Mary Crosby. ... // Events The Walt Disney Company founds Touchstone Pictures to release movies with subject matter deemed inappropriate for the Disney name. ... Spoiler warning: Hey you guys!!! Sloth, probably the most memorable character from Richard Donner and Steven Spielbergs 1985 classic film, The Goonies, was a large deformed man played by Oakland Raiders defensive end, John Matuszak. ... The Goonies was a hit movie in 1985 directed by Richard Donner, with the screenplay written by Chris Columbus from a story by Steven Spielberg. ... // Back to the Future, starring Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd and Lea Thompson Rambo: First Blood Part II, starring Sylvester Stallone Rocky IV, starring Sylvester Stallone The Color Purple, starring Whoopi Goldberg, Danny Glover, Oprah Winfrey, Margaret Avery, Rae Dawn Chong, Adolph Caesar Out of Africa, starring Meryl Streep and... M*A*S*H is an American television series created by Larry Gelbart and Gene Reynolds, inspired by the 1961 novel Catch-22, the 1968 Richard Hooker novel M*A*S*H: A Novel About Three Army Doctors and its sequels; and—primarily—the 1970 film of the same name. ... This article is becoming very long. ... Hunter was a police drama television series starring Fred Dryer which ran on NBC from 1984 to 1991. ... For the 2008 movie, see The A-Team (film). ... This article does not adequately cite its references or sources. ...


Death

His autobiography, Cruisin' with the Tooz, written with Steve Delsohn was published in 1987. John Matuszak died of heart failure in Hollywood, California at age 38. His early death has been blamed on his extreme lifestyle, including the possible use of anabolic steroids. Cover of An autobiography, from the Greek auton, self, bios, life and graphein, write, is a biography written by the subject or composed conjointly with a collaborative writer (styled as told to or with). The term dates from the late eighteenth century, but the form is much older. ... See also: 1986 in literature, other events of 1987, 1988 in literature, list of years in literature. ... Greetings from Hollywood Hollywood is a district of the city of Los Angeles, California, U.S.A., that extends from Vermont Avenue on the east to just beyond Laurel Canyon Boulevard above Sunset and Crescent Heights Boulevards on the west; the north to south boundary east of La Brea Avenue... Chemical structure of the natural anabolic hormone testosterone, 17b-hydroxy-4-androsten-3-one. ...


John's funeral was at a Catholic church in Wisconsin. He is buried in Cudahy, Wisconsin. He was survived by his mother and father, Marvin and Audrey Matuszak, his sisters; Christine, Karen, and the late Dawn Matuszak. Also survived by nephews; Justin, Lucas and Chase Evancy and his niece, Simone Bohlman. Statue in Sheridan Park Cudahy is a city located in Milwaukee County, Wisconsin. ...


References

  1. ^ Sports Illustrated article on the 'top five' NFL Bad Boys
  2. ^ Internet Movie Database link for John Mutaszak
  • John Matuszak and Steve Delsohn. Cruisin' with the Tooz. 1987. ISBN 0-531-15055-0.

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John Matuszak - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (596 words)
Matuszak was born in Oak Creek, Wisconsin in 1950 and was always big for his age, which became an advantage as a defensive lineman in football.
John Matuszak died of heart failure in Hollywood, California at age 38.
John's funeral was at a Catholic church in Wisconsin.
ESPNMAG.com - We miss ya, Tooz (669 words)
In 1975, when he was with the Chiefs, Matuszak was found nearly comatose in the locker room, as a result of mxing drugs with alcohol, and head coach Paul Wiggin rushed him to the hospital to save his life.
His career was revived when Davis and John Madden gave him one last shot, and the Tooz behaved himself long enough to tap into the potential people saw in him when he was the No. 1 draft pick in 1973.
Matuszak was so good in North Dallas Forty (1979) that he managed to carve out a second career in movies.
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