Former football player gets star on Walk of Fame

Wave Wire Services

HOLLYWOOD — A star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame was unveiled July 30 honoring former NFL linebacker turned actor and “America’s Got Talent” host Terry Crews, on his 53rd birthday.

America’s Got Talent” judge Howie Mandel and Tichina Arnold, who portrayed the wife of Crews’ character on the 2005-09 UPN and The CW comedy Everybody Hates Chris,” were among those joining Crews at the ceremony in front of the Eastown Apartments on Hollywood Boulevard.

I’m not going to be too long because I know it’s hot, but I love you,” he told the crowd. “I appreciate this and let me tell you something, the best is yet to come. I am just getting started.”

Born on July 30, 1968, in Flint, Michigan, Crews played the flute, painted and played football as a youth. After high school he received a scholarship to the Interlochen Center for the Arts in Interlochen, Michigan.

Crews was a second-team All-Mid-American Conference defensive end at Western Michigan University in 1989, drafted by the Los Angeles Rams in the 11th round of the 1991 NFL draft. He played 36 games with the Rams, San Diego Chargers and Washington football team between 1991 and 1995.

Following the conclusion of his football career, Crews was a cast member of the 1999-2001 syndicated competition series “Battle Dome.”

Crews made his acting debut in the 2000 Arnold Schwarzenegger-starring science fiction action film “The 6th Day,” portraying an assassin working for the CEO of a cloning corporation (Tony Goldwyn).

Crews breakout role came in the 2002 comedy “Friday After Next” as a recently released gay convict.

Crews has appeared in six Adam Sandler films — “Sandy Wexler,” “The Ridiculous 6,” “Blended,” “Click,” “The Benchwarmers” and “The Longest Yard.”

His other film credits include “The Expendables” trilogy, “White Chicks,” “Deadpool 2,” “Idiocracy” and “Sorry To Bother You.”

After “Everybody Hates Chris” ended its run, Crews starred 2010-12 TBS comedy “Are We There Yet?” Since 2013, Crews has portrayed New York Police Department Lt. Terry Jeffords on “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” whose eighth and final season begins Aug. 12 on NBC.