We will go on record and say that of all the many sports roles that Burt Reynolds had, that the one as Paul “Wrecking” Crewe, the incarcerated Quarterback was easily our favorite. Actually, we will do one better, and say that it is our favorite Reynolds role period. Crewe was cocky, belligerent, tough and cool, and we watched him struggle with a moral compass, without falling too deeply into Hollywood cliché’s. For a Fictitious Athlete Hall, The Longest Yard (both versions actually) was a film that had brilliant football scenes and built up the end game perfectly. We would be shocked if Crewe (74) did not get selected to the Hall early.
The Bullet Points:
The Longest Yard (1974)
The Mean Machine
Why you should vote for him:
This was a great role, a great movie, and a great performance.
Why you should not vote for him:
Did the remake overshadow this one?