But Crews’ latest TV gig is far from acting, apparently.
Crews is one of eight celebrities participating in the NBC show “Stars Earn Stripes,” in which those involved are paired with real special operations elite to execute actual military-themed missions.
The show premieres Monday at 8 p.m. and is hosted by retired NATO Supreme Allied Commander Wesley Clark, a former presidential candidate, and “Dancing With the Stars” co-host Samantha Harris.
“You’re on the edge of that helicopter and you have to think, like, ‘OK, I’m about to jump,’ you know. And everything in your body and in your mind says don’t do it. And you have to beat that mental challenge with everything,” Crews said.
Crews said the experience has been vastly different from those he’s known of while simply acting like a solider.
“You’re picking up this military rifle and it’s firing real live rounds and you’re wondering, ‘Man, I’m the movie guy. I get a fake gun with fake bullets and they put oil on my arms and make sure I look good,'” Crews said. “And then it’s like ‘go’ and ‘action’ and then ‘cut.’ Well, [on the show] somebody could really get hurt at all times.”
Crews is a changed man thanks to the show.
“I’m totally changed,” he said. “From the moment I started the show to the last day, I am a different person.”
Crews was a 11th-round draft pick of the Los Angeles Rams in 1991 and spent some time with the Rams, the San Diego Chargers and the Rhein Fire in the World League before he was signed by the Redskins for the 1995 season. He would also play for the Philadelphia Eagles.
With the Redskins in 1995, Crews was utilized more as one of the team’s special team leaders, notching seven tackles and becoming a key figure in boosting teammate Brian Mitchell to the Pro Bowl with 21 blocks on returns.
Since his retirement from football, Crews has appeared in several movies such as “Friday After Next,” “White Chicks” and “The Expendables,” and has also starred in TV shows like “Everybody Hates Chris,” “Are We There Yet?” and “The Newsroom.”
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