Otis Sistrunk was a big, bald, bad dude who played for the Oakland Raiders in the 1970s. He entered the United States Marines after graduating from high school. After playing semi-pro ball in Wisconsin, he played for 3 years for the Norfolk Neptunes of the Continental Football League.
The Oakland Raiders signed him in 1972, at which time he became the only active player in the NFL to not have played college football. His entry in the team program was listed as “U.S. Mars” (short for United States Marines).
During a Monday Night Football telecast, a camera panned to the steaming bald head of Sistrunk. ABC commentator Alex Karras, noting this alien-like presence and the program information quipped that Sistrunk’s alma mater was the University of Mars.
Sistrunk was also active away from the gridiron, appearing in 4 movies, including the 1976 Richard Pryor comedy Car Wash. He also appeared in Miller Lite beer commercials, and in this Bic razor commercial:
After his football career ended, he tried his hand at professional wrestling. He won the National Wrestling Alliance tag team title in 1981, pairing with Michael Hayes to defeat Jimmy Snuka and Terry Gordy.
Sistrunk’s complete Topps football card collection can be viewed on TradingCardDB.com. My favorite is his 1975 Topps card. He pities the fool.