Tim Rosso­vich, ac­tor and for­mer Ea­gle, dies at 72

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LOS AN­GE­LES » Tim Rosso­vich, a con­sen­sus All-Amer­ica de­fen­sive end at South­ern Cal­i­for­nia who played in the NFL be­fore go­ing on to an act­ing ca­reer, has died. He was 72.

Rosso­vich died Thurs­day in Sacra­mento af­ter a long ill­ness, the school said Fri­day.

Rosso­vich played at USC from 1965-67 and ap­peared in two Rose Bowls. He was co-cap­tain of the 1967 team that won the na­tional cham­pi­onship. Rosso­vich was in­ducted into the school’s Ath­letic Hall of Fame in 2015.

He was se­lected with the 14th pick of the 1968 NFL draft by the Ea­gles and played line­backer for them from 1968-71, get­ting named to the 1969 Pro Bowl. He also played for the Charg­ers in 1972-73 and Hous­ton Oil­ers in 1976.

Dur­ing his foot­ball days, Rosso­vich had a rep­u­ta­tion as an in­tense and ec­cen­tric per­son­al­ity. He was famous for pranks that in­cluded chew­ing glass, set­ting him­self on fire, jump­ing off rooftops and driv­ing mo­tor­bikes off piers.

Rosso­vich also played for the Philadel­phia Bell of the World Foot­ball League in 1974 and ‘75.

Af­ter his foot­ball ca­reer ended, Rosso­vich spent two decades as an ac­tor and stunt­man. At USC, he roomed with ac­tor Tom Sel­leck, on whose hit “Mag­num, P.I.” Rosso­vich later ap­peared.

Rosso­vich’s other TV cred­its in­cluded “MacGyver,” “Hunter,” “Bay­watch,” “The Love Boat,” “Knight Rider,” “Char­lie’s An­gels,” “Rem­ing­ton Steele,” “Soap,” and “The A-Team.” Among his film cred­its are “Night Shift,” “Sting II” and “The Main Event.”

Bears re­move Tru­bisky from in­jury re­port

LAKE FOR­EST, ILL. » The Chicago Bears removed quar­ter­back Mitchell Tru­bisky from their in­jury list Fri­day, clear­ing the way for a start Sun­day night against the Los An­ge­les Rams.

“Well, he put to­gether three re­ally good days in prac­tice,” coach Matt Nagy said. “I thought the ve­loc­ity on his throws was good, his de­ci­sion mak­ing just get­ting in and out of the hud­dle, that part was easy.

“The main thing was for us, see­ing con­di­tion­ing-wise, be­ing able to see can he hold up with that, and he did. He did well.”

Nagy said there should be no lim­i­ta­tions on Tru­bisky, who missed the last two games with a right shoul­der in­jury.

Tru­bisky led all NFL quar­ter­backs in rush­ing with 363 yards be­fore his in­jury Nov. 18 against the Min­nesota Vik­ings.

Robert­son killed in crash

MABANK, TEXAS » For­mer two-time All-Pro line­backer Isiah Robert­son was killed when the limou­sine he was driv­ing skid­ded on a rainslicked curve on a dark, ru­ral East Texas high­way and was hit by two other ve­hi­cles.

The Los An­ge­les Rams drafted Robert­son from South­ern Univer­sity in the first round of the 1971 NFL draft. He re­mained with the Rams through 1978, then played in 1979-82 for the Buf­falo Bills.

Chiefs sign Ben­jamin

KANSAS CITY, MO. » Kelvin Ben­jamin went from catch­ing passes from Josh Allen and Nathan Peter­man on a Bills team go­ing nowhere to haul­ing in heaves from Pa­trick Ma­homes on a Chiefs team bar­rel­ing to­ward the play­offs. Not a bad fin­ish to a tu­mul­tuous week.

Ben­jamin signed a one-year con­tract with Kansas City to fin­ish out the sea­son, just days af­ter the 2014 first-round pick was re­leased by Buf­falo. It brought an end to yet an­other dis­ap­point­ing run in which Ben­jamin strug­gled with one of the high­est drop rates in the NFL.

“I guess you could say I saw it com­ing,” Ben­jamin said.

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