Former Raider and Rocky opponent Carl Weathers dies at 76

Feb 2, 2024, 1:02 PM | Updated: 2:11 pm

Sylvester Stallone (L) and Carl Weathers, who co-starred in the 1977 Golden Globe Award-winning fil...

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 08: In this handout photo provided by NBCUniversal, Sylvester Stallone (L) and Carl Weathers, who co-starred in the 1977 Golden Globe Award-winning film "Rocky", present the Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture - Drama onstage during the 74th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 8, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Paul Drinkwater/NBCUniversal via Getty Images)

(Photo by Paul Drinkwater/NBCUniversal via Getty Images)

Carl Weathers, a former Oakland Raider turned actor, has passed away at the age of 76.

Before turning to the silver screen, Weathers was a linebacker at San Diego State University. He went undrafted in 1970 and then was signed by the Oakland Raiders as a free agent, playing seven games for the Raiders. He played one game the following season before Oakland released him.

During two years in the Canadian Football League, Carl Weathers would also attend San Francisco State University, where he would eventually obtain a drama degree.

“Always a proud Raider, Weathers will be missed dearly by his Raiders Family and his many fans worldwide. Our deepest condolences are with the Weathers family at this time.,” the Raiders said in a press release.

But, we all know he wasn’t known for his time in Oakland. With a 50-year career that spanned 75 titles over film and television, Carl Weathers is probably best known for his role as Apollo Creed in the Rocky series. He also fought the Predator with former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and taught Adam Sandler how to golf in Happy Gilmore.

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