Wide Receiver Willie Gault And His Post-Retirement Acting Career


Willie Gault came to the NFL out of the University of Tennessee and was billed as one of the fastest players ever to play. He’d been an Olympic sprinter but the 1980 Olympics were boycotted by the United States.

He played five seasons with the Chicago Bears and was an instrumental member of the 1985 Chicago Bears team that won the Super Bowl. Following those years, he would go on to play a further six seasons with the Los Angeles Raiders. He finished his career having caught 333 passes for 6,635 yards and 44 touchdowns.

After retiring, Willie Gault would pursue business interests, but also a career in acting.

Gault’s first role was in the television movie, Street of Dreams. He would go on to gain credits in more television productions, including Sporting Chance, Bodies of Evidence, Tales from the Crypt, In the Heat of the Night, Renegade, Hangin’ with Mr. Cooper, and Baywatch. 1997 would see him become a series regular, playing the part of Willie the Sweeper on The Pretender. More television roles would follow, including appearances on The Steve Harvey Show, Girlfriends, Fat Actress, and Grounded for Life. Movie roles would also come, including The Sum of All Fears and S.W.A.T. Two more television shows provided him with regular status as he appeared as a Secret Service Agent in several episodes of The West Wing from 2000 to 2004 and as a sportscaster in Ned’s Declassified School Survival Guide from 2004 to 2007.

Willie Gault has put together a lengthy career in acting following his superb football career. His most popular credit may have come much earlier though when he appeared in the 1985 Chicago Bears Super Bowl Shuffle video.

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