John Matuszak
Player of American football
John Matuszak
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.
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Savings to be applied to Napier Avenue project - Herald Palladium (subscription)
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ST. JOSEPH - Savings from a street project now underway will be applied to resurfacing and sewer work on Napier Avenue next year, city engineer Tim Zebell told city commissioners Monday. Commissioners approved hiring
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Stormy weather over Lions Park Drive - Herald Palladium (subscription)
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ST. JOSEPH - Mark Kiesel, the man who has offered to pay for beach access improvements at Second Street, is having trouble getting zoning variances approved for an adjacent property on Lions Park Drive,
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Meeting with Mr. Merger - Herald Palladium (subscription)
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30 By JOHN MATUSZAK - HP Staff Writer ST. JOSEPH - A top consultant on safety services will be meeting Aug. 30 with City Manager Frank Walsh, city commissioners and other officials to discuss the possibility of consolidating the fire and police
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Benton Twp. property owners to pay 10% more for street lighting - Herald Palladium (subscription)
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BENTON TOWNSHIP - Residents next year will see a 10 percent increase in what they pay for maintaining street lights, but most won't be experiencing sticker shock. Nearly all property owners will pay less than $10
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The new kid - Herald Palladium (subscription)
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She'll find a room full of new faces. No doubt she'll be hoping that they like her and that they all get along. The big difference this year is that Jillian Crockett, 23, goes from student to teacher
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All grades will ride on same buses - Herald Palladium (subscription)
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BRIDGMAN - Bridgman elementary, middle and high school students will be on the same buses together this year as a cost-saving measure, and district officials are promising to make sure all students have a safe ride to
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This Evening: From Russia With Love Dolls - Deadspin
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Pete Dexter's 1981 classic on John Matuszak: "Matuszak was on the way to the Canadian Football League when Al Davis flew out from Oakland and offered him a chance to play for the Raiders in 1976. He has been there since. 'It's the only place I could
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Short-term bane or boon? - Herald Palladium (subscription)
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ST. JOSEPH - Some residents told the St. Joseph Planning Commission on Thursday that they have serious reservations about increasing the number of vacation rentals for large events, such as next year's PGA tournament
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Health department seeks to recoup casino-related spending - Herald Palladium (subscription)
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BENTON HARBOR - The Berrien County Health Department dropped more than $22000 at the Four Winds Casino in the past 12 months without going near a slot machine, the board of health learned Wednesday
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Alex Rodriguez, Tiger Woods, Kobe Bryant and Today's Sports News - Bleacher Report
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A little later on, there was John Matuszak. He was also a defensive end, and he was also a No. 1 pick, as he was taken first overall by the Houston Oilers in 1973. He played with the Raiders from 1976 to 1982, winning two Super Bowls
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Waves of entertainment - Herald Palladium (subscription)
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ST. JOSEPH - The theme for this year's Venetian Festival, "Splish Splash: A Musical Bash," seems fitting for an event that began with a lighted boat parade. "We thought it would be a fun theme to go with," said Laurie
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Summer sno (cones) = new job - Herald Palladium (subscription)
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ST. JOSEPH - Stevensville resident Troy Walter has turned an extended stretch of unemployment into a pretty cool idea for a family business. Walter, 43, is a former Navy corpsman who has worked as everything from a
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SJ ready to unveil latest plans for beach access - Herald Palladium (subscription)
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ST. JOSEPH - The city is ready to float its latest plan for improved beach access at Lions Park Drive and Second Street, with revisions that appear to address the concerns of neighbors and commissioners
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Adult day center in the works - Herald Palladium (subscription)
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ST. JOSEPH - The Area Agency on Aging is ready to begin a major renovation and expansion project that will offer an adult day center with nursing home-style care and other medical help through doctors and nurses
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Beach bacteria bingo - Herald Palladium (subscription)
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ST. JOSEPH - Like a brief summer shower, a ban on swimming at Silver Beach County Park, enacted Friday because of bacteria levels, passed quickly and bathers were back in the water Saturday. Officials had closed the
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Curious Kids' Museum exterior to get dolled up - Herald Palladium (subscription)
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ST. JOSEPH - The Curious Kids' Museum wants to continue to pique curiosity about what's going on inside the attraction with a new sign, seating and sculptures outside along the Bluff. Museum officials received the
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The Legendary Oakland Raiders Love Em Hate Em They Are Greatest of All Time - Bleacher Report
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Huge names and pain givers like Jack Tatum, Otis Sistrunk, Ted Hendricks, Howie Long, Lyle Alzado, Gene Upshaw, Art Shell, John Matuszak, Matt Millen, Henry Lawrence, honestly , I could go on forever. Regardless these player punished opponents to the
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    THIRTIES
  • 1989
    Age 38
    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.
    More Details Hide Details The report also said that hypotrophic cardiomyopathy (an enlarged heart), and bronchopneumonia had been contributing factors in the death. He was 38 years old.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1979
    Age 28
    His first major role was in the 1979 movie North Dallas Forty as a football player.
    More Details Hide Details He appeared in the movies Caveman, The Ice Pirates, One Man Force, and One Crazy Summer, but is frequently remembered as deformed captive Sloth in The Goonies, the make-up for which took five hours to apply. Matuszak's character Sloth wears an Oakland Raiders shirt in some scenes. He had numerous guest appearances in TV shows such as Perfect Strangers, M*A*S*H, The Dukes of Hazzard, Hunter, Silver Spoons, The A-Team, 1st & Ten, Miami Vice and Cheers.
  • 1976
    Age 25
    Then he found himself with the Raiders in 1976 after being released in pre-season by the Washington Redskins.
    More Details Hide Details He helped the Raiders win two Super Bowls (XI and XV) before retiring after spending the entire 1982 season on injured reserve. His football career was often overshadowed by his even more famous use of drugs. In his autobiography, he stated that he took many painkillers as well as other narcotics while playing professional football. Because of this, an article written for Sports Illustrateds website in January 2005 named him one of the top five all-time "bad boys" of the NFL. Although his performances made him one of the best Raider defenders of all time, his volatile actions contributed to him not being popular with teammates and not being in Al Davis's favour. Matuszak became a fairly successful actor in the 1980s, making appearances in movies and on television, often portraying football players or gentle giants.
  • 1975
    Age 24
    The Oilers, displeased that he tried joining the WFL, traded him to the Kansas City Chiefs, where he played until 1975.
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  • 1973
    Age 22
    Matuszak, drafted by the Houston Oilers of the NFL, was the first draft pick of 1973.
    More Details Hide Details In addition to his contract with the Oilers, he joined the Houston Texans of the World Football League, but played a total of seven plays before a restraining order that was served to him during a game that barred him from playing for two teams at the same time. Matuszak said he had no plans to play in that game but requested to play after seeing 25 or so men looking for him on the sidelines. He didn't know what was happening at the time and wanted to avoid confrontation.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1950
    Born
    Matuszak was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in 1950 to Audrey and Marvin Matuszak.
    More Details Hide Details John had two brothers, but both died of cystic fibrosis at young ages. His one sister also has the disease. The family moved from downtown Milwaukee to Oak Creek, Wisconsin, where Matuszak's classmates ridiculed him as a gawky beanpole. The ridicule pushed John to develope into a muscular young man, and he became the Wisconsin Class A state champion in the shot put with a throw of 58 feet 11 inches. He was always big for his age, which became an advantage as a defensive lineman in football. When he eventually turned pro, he stood 6 feet 8 inches (2.03 m) and weighed over 280 pounds (127 kilograms). After a freshman year playing football at Fort Dodge Junior College, Matuszak was recruited to the University of Missouri by Dan Devine. Matuszak enrolled at Mizzou for his sophomore year of college, where he played one season of football for the Tigers as a tight end. Matuszak did not see much playing time at Mizzou, because the starting tight end was an excellent blocker. Off the field, Matuszak was prone to disciplinary problems. He caved in another student's face while drunk at a fraternity party, claiming the other student insulted his date. With Dan Devine leaving Missouri that same year, Matuszak no longer had a spot on the team, and his scholarship was revoked. Following his sophomore season at Mizzou, Matuszak transferred to the University of Tampa, where he was the star of their football team.
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