A Colt goes to Hollywood

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Indianapolis Colts tight end Dallas Clark has Hollywood ambitions, and the time on his hands to fulfill them due to the NFL lockout.

Clark is making a guest appearance on CBS’ "Criminal Minds" television show on April 13, according to The Indy Channel.

"This has nothing to do with money," Clark said. "This is fulfilling a dream of mine of being an actor."

Clark said he took an acting class in college.

"I’ve got two lines to impress somebody. That’s my goal. I’ve got to impress someone," Clark said. "Maybe I could do an Allstate commercial, you know, like you’re in good hands." 

In the wake of a shooting incident where New England Patriots Pro Bowl safety Brandon Meriweather nearly got shot and two of his friends were shot in the head, his high school coach thinks the NFL player needs to be more careful and possibly avoid his hometown of Apopka, Fla.

Apopka football coach Rick Darlington told the Boston Globe that Meriweather should guard his reputation and safety, adding that he has criticized his former player.

“I told Brandon, ‘You have three names in life. Your first name and your last name were given to you. The third name is the name you make for yourself, and that’s the one you don’t want to screw up,’" Darlington said. "That’s what Brandon is dealing with right now — not screwing up the name he made for himself. It’s a hard situation because Brandon wants to remember where he came from, but sometimes when you make a lot of money and go back into a rough community you came from, there can be jealousy and bitterness. People can put you in a bad situation because, what do they have to lose? Nothing. What do you have to lose? Everything.’’

Meriweather hasn’t been charged with a crime, but police have said he was present at the shooting.

Meriweather declined to discuss the incident.

“I’m not talking about nothing," Meriweather said while helping out his high school team. "I’m just down here working out and helping out.’’

Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Chad Ochocinco gets a kick out of soccer.

And the outspoken NFL player is going to try to play the game during the lockout.

Ochocinco is trying out for Major League Soccer’s Sporting Kansas City next week.

"We’re always searching for players who can help our team and bringing in new talent," Sporting Kansas City manager Peter Vermes said. "We know that Chad is an exceptional athlete and that he loves the sport of soccer, and he did play a lot when he was younger. We’re excited to see how his skills will translate once he arrives next week and begins training with our team."

Ochocinco has long been a soccer enthusiast and showed off a strong, accurate leg when kicking extra points during the preseason for the Bengals against the New England Patriots.

"Due to the NFL lockout, I’m excited to be able to follow my childhood dream of playing for a Major League Soccer team," said Ochocinco, who’s friends with international soccer stars lke Ronaldo and Thierry Henry.

He grew up in Miami playing soccer, but concentrated on football in high school and college.

Clemson blue-chip defensive end Da’Quan Bowers’ "knee is great," according to a league source with knowledge of the situation.

Per the source, Bowers has recovered from his surgery to repair a partially torn lateral meniscus from January and is set to perform at his April 1 Pro Day campus workout.

"All is good," the source said. "Is and has been training without limitation for a long time now."

Bowers didn’t work out at the NFL scouting combine other than the bench press and didn’t take part in the Tigers’ recent Pro Day.

Meanwhile, the junior defensive lineman has official visits scheduled with eight of the top 10 teams.

That includes the Carolina Panthers, Denver Broncos, Buffalo Bills, Cincinnati Bengals, Arizona Cardinals, Cleveland Browns and the Tennessee Titans.

The 6-foot-3, 280-pounder led the nation with 16 sacks last season.

One of the most coveted draft prospects, Bowers won the Bronko Nagurski award as the top defensive player in the nation last season.

He was also named Atlantic Coast Conference Defensive Player of the Year, recording 63 tackles, 24 for losses and 17 quarterback pressures.

Bowers had three sacks in one game against Maryland and was named National Defensive Player of the Week.

He intercepted one pass and forced a fumble last season.

At the combine, Bowers said his knee is fine.

"I am 100 percent," Bowers said. It was a small meniscus tear. It hampered me from my first three weeks of training, which is why I am not doing anything at the combine because I feel that I want the same amount of time that everybody else had to train and fully prepare for the combine."

Bowers said he was heavily influenced by the late Chicago Bears defensive end Gaines Adams, who also went to Clemson.

"It was a big impact," Bowers said. "Gaines was like a big brother to me. We were very close. He’s one of the reasons I chose Clemson. I was hit real hard by his death, but I had to go on."

Bowers said he patterns his game after Julius Peppers. He has drawn comparisons to Reggie White and Bruce Smith.

"It’s amazing," Bowers said. "Just to be in the same sentence as those guys is amazing. Anytime anybody can put you in a sentence with Reggie White and Bruce Smith, you must be doing something right. Peppers is one of the premier defensive ends in the NFL, and I am just a scrawny little defensive end coming out of college attempting to play like him and be half as good as him."

 

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Aaron Wilson covers the NFL for National Football Post as well as the Baltimore Ravens for The Carroll County Times and Ravens24x7.com. He has previously covered the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans and has covered the NFL since 1997.  He has won several regional writing awards, including, most recently, Best Sports News Story for the state of Maryland in voting conducted by the Associated Press managing editors.  More from Aaron Wilson

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