Former USC and National Football League star Tim Rossovich, who built a post-athletic actress career in various roles, has died…
Former USC and National Football League star Tim Rossovich, who built a post-athletic actress career in various roles, has died after a long illness, according to USC News. He was 72 years old and passed Thursday in Sacramento.
Rossovich was an all-American and co-host of the USC national team in 1967, recalled the star O.J. Simpson to run back. He became one of five USC players drawn up in the first round of 1968, went to the Philadelphia Eagles as the 14th pick in the first round.
The league defensive end made Pro Bowl 1969 during a career that saw him play for Philadelphia Eagles, San Diego Chargers, and Houston Oilers. He later played for Philadelphia Bell in the short-lived World Football League.
After playing with actor Tom Selleck at college and giving his USC connections it seemed inevitable that Rossovich would become an actor. He started as a stunt double in the Burt Reynolds movie Hooper, then appeared in various roles in ABC’s soap, A team, Remington Steele, Hunter, MacGyver and Baywatch. He also appeared in three episodes of Selleck’s CBS Series Magnum, PI
Rossovich was also active in films that were featured in the Barbra Streisand-Ryan Neal Film Main Event, ] and The Long Riders, Looker, Night Shift and The Sting II .
971, Rossovich was called the “Aquarius Generation’s First Football Hero” due to his appearance in an NFL Films feature.
“I consider myself a hippie in every good way,” he said in the film. “I dress in different clothes and grow my hair because I have this feeling of independence. I think today’s youth can look at me and associate with me more than the average football player. They can see a person with long hair need not be associated with something bad. “
Rossovich was born on March 14, 1946 in Palo Alto, California, one of five children.
He began at the USC Athletic Hall of Fame in 2015.
Survivor includes his wife, Lauren; his daughter, Jaime; his father Frank his brother, Rick Rossovich, also an actor; and two sisters. There are no services.