Tim Rossovich, actor and former Eagle, dies at 72
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.