L.A. may not have a professional football team anymore, but plenty of Tinseltown's finest have close ties to the gridiron, including moguls who are also franchise owners and actors/actresses who have years of experience on the field.
The sister actresses are NFL royalty, related to the founders and co-owners of the New York Giants and Pittsburgh Steelers. Their paternal great-grandfather was Giants founder Tim Mara, their grandfather was longtime Giants co-owner Wellington Mara and their uncle John Mara is the team's current co-owner (more on his partner Steve Tisch's Hollywood connections later). Dad Chris Mara, meanwhile, is senior vp player personnel for the G-Men. Their maternal great-grandfather Art Rooney Sr. founded the Steelers, his son Dan Rooney is chairman of the Pittsburgh team and Dan's son Art Rooney is president and co-owner of the Steelers.
The Giants co-owner is also a movie producer for Sony-based Escape Artists. He's produced Forrest Gump, The Pursuit of Happyness and Risky Business as well as the upcoming The Equalizer, starring Denzel Washington, and Sex Tape, starring Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel. Although he's the only person to win an Academy Award and a Super Bowl ring, he said he'd sooner give back his Oscar for Forrest Gump than either of the Giants' titles, or at least that's what he told the team.
The Legendary CEO is also a minority owner of the Pittsburgh Steelers. Several Steelers even portrayed the Gotham football team in The Dark Knight Rises and Tull himself has a blink-and-you'll-miss-it cameo in the movie's stadium scene.
Miami Dolphins Minority Owners: Fergie, Gloria and Emilio Estefan
Talk about a Miami sound machine. Mrs. Duhamel (picture here with her dad, Pat, in the teal pullover) and the Estefans have all owned small stakes in the NFL team since 2009. Crooner Marc Anthony also owns a part of the team, as do sisters Venus and Serena Williams.
Roger Goodell and Casey Wasserman
The NFL commissioner and the head of sports and entertainment agency Wasserman Media Group, whose grandfather was Lew Wasserman, have been close friends since Wasserman was 10 and Goodell was a 20-something NFL intern. Wasserman talked about their friendship in this interview.
Former View co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck, who will soon make her debut on Fox & Friends, is married to former NFL QB and current ESPN analyst Tim Hasselbeck, who's also the younger brother of Indianapolis Colts backup QB Matt Hasselbeck.
The actress, who's also George Clooney's ex and the host of Lifetime's Supermarket Superstar, is a former Baltimore Ravens cheerleader.
The Expendables and Brooklyn Nine-Nine star was a linebacker for four different NFL teams in the '90s: the Los Angeles Rams, the San Diego Chargers, the Washington Redskins and the Philadelphia Eagles.
The Microsoft co-founder and DreamWorks investor also owns the Seattle Seahawks.
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