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'Friday Night Lights' Director

Teaching NFL Stars How to Make It In Hollywood

2/27/2013 10:25 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0227-peter-berg-tmzIt's been 5 years since former NFL MVP Shaun Alexander hung up his cleats ... but now, TMZ has learned the ex-Seattle Seahawks star is exploring a new career ... in Hollywood.

Sources tell us ... Shaun -- along with 21 other past and present NFL players -- are participating in the NFL Pro-Hollywood Boot Camp in March -- a training program to help players transition to another line of work after their playing days are over.

We're told ... stars like Phillip Buchanon, Darrius Heyward-Bey, Derek Hagan, Justin Fargas and Hank Baskett are all signed up to learn about several facets of the entertainment industry -- from writing to production and even film financing.

In fact, sources say "Friday Night Lights" director Peter Berg will lead one of the training sessions -- along with "Meteor Man" star Robert Townsend and Legendary Pictures honcho Thomas Tull ... who produced all of the Christopher Nolan "Batman" movies.

0227-alexander-baskett-fargas-gettyFun Fact -- Justin Fargas already has a Hollywood connection ... his father Antonio Fargas played Huggy Bear in the TV classic "Starsky & Hutch."

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KittyKittyKitty    

Yikes!

602 days ago
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NOT ELMO    

He should be good for the Movie, Dumb and Dumber...

602 days ago
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Eddie    

How about teaching athletes how properly save & invest the money they so many of them lose everything after their carriers are over especially African American athletes witch is sad due to overspending strip clubs & phones friends & family after there money just being honest

602 days ago
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Spicy mag    

Hollywood needs to create more football movies to keep these guys playing til their brains implode.

602 days ago
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seagirl    

they should have a boot camp that teaches them to not get married, have a prenup, don't do drugs, don't drink and drive and wear a condom... just a thought

602 days ago
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LISA    

Will it be a reality show? Why is Hank Baskett participating? Isn't he busy enough with the Kendra reality show and Celebrity Wife Swap? They should run a boot camp for the pro athletes starting out - teach them how to manage their money!

602 days ago
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Stephanie    

Pro athletics suck at acting period. They dont belong on the red carpet for acting but OK for commercial endorsement deals. Actors are actors and athletes are strictly athletes with endorsement deals and porn stars are porn stars.

602 days ago
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Sasha    

hey bejbi From sasha X

602 days ago
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Mrugowsky    

O.J. was an awesome actor.

602 days ago
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Dillymac    

Yeah he's teaching them to stay away from his scripts!! His show is awful

602 days ago
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chasewalshsl    

then you'll see an article 2 years later how he ripped all these guys off

602 days ago
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san rafael blue    

Justin Fargas! WoW! That beautiful Boy needs his own reality show asap. What's he doing since pro-football. Make a movie Justin, Make a movie!

602 days ago
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Frank    

Every time I see Berg, I can't help but think about his character from Great White Hype and I start laughing.

602 days ago

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