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Paul "Wrecking" Crewe

Paul Wrecking Crewe 1974
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:
Movie Appeared:
The Longest Yard (1974)

Actor:
Burt Reynolds

Position Portrayed:
Quarterback

Played for:
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?

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Paul "Wrecking" Crewe

Paul Wrecking Crewe 2005
Many critics and fans alike had issues with Adam Sandler taking on the role of convicted Quarterback, Paul “Wrecking” Crewe. Honestly, we understood it, as Burt Reynolds’ 1974 portrayal of the same role was one of the best roles of his career, and a great sports film. We won’t say that the Adam Sandler remake was as good, but the comedian did not try to replicate the Reynolds’ version as though the plot was the same, the tone and delivery were completely different, making it purely a Sandler vehicle. We actually meant that as a compliment, as we are referring to the earlier Sandler and not the “Jack and Jill” version he turned into.


I guess what we are saying is that we were able to appreciate Sandler’s version (especially with the homage he paid to the original by having Reynolds in a great role as Nate Scarborough) and though he is a comedian who does not look like he can be athletic, actually is. Would it be so bad if both versions got into the Hall? Actually, I think this is a case where it could happen….but please Burt first!



The Bullet Points:
Movie Appeared:
The Longest Yard (2005)

Actor:
Adam Sandler

Position Portrayed:
Quarterback

Played for:
The Mean Machine

Why you should vote for him:
Sandler was better in the role than a lot of people thought he would have been.

Why you should not vote for him:
Like we said, the 74 version should get in first.

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