John Matuszak

Player of American Football
Born Oct 25, 1950

John Daniel "Tooz" Matuszak was an American football defensive lineman in the National Football League who later became an actor. He was the first draft pick of 1973 and played most of his career with the Oakland Raiders until he retired after winning his second Super Bowl in 1981. Matuszak participated in the 1978 World's Strongest Man competition, where he placed ninth. As an actor, he played the deformed Sloth in the 1985 movie The Goonies and Tonda in Caveman.… Read More

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1950 Birth Matuszak was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in 1950 to Audrey and Marvin Matuszak. … Read More


1973 22 Years Old Matuszak, drafted by the Houston Oilers of the NFL, was the first draft pick of 1973. … Read More
1975 24 Years Old The Oilers, displeased that he tried joining the WFL, traded him to the Kansas City Chiefs, where he played until 1975.
1976 25 Years Old Then he found himself with the Raiders in 1976 after being released in pre-season by the Washington Redskins. … Read More
1979 28 Years Old His first major role was in the 1979 movie North Dallas Forty as a football player. … Read More


1989 39 Years Old Matuszak died on June 17, 1989 as a result of acute propoxyphene intoxication, an accidental overdose of the prescription drug Darvocet, according to the findings of the Los Angeles County Coroner's Office. … Read More
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