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NFL Stars and Former Stars Taking Classes on How to Succeed in Hollywood

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When professional athletes wrap up their careers, they're often quite young, and many times they just sort of fade into oblivion. Nobody knows exactly where they go, and lots of times, people don't care.

[Cue "Arms of an Angel"]

But now, some intrepid football throwers and catchers are taking a different route -- they're trying to learn how to make it in Hollywood.

TMZ reports that athletes like Hank Bassett, Shaun Alexander and Phillip Buchanon are taking classes from the likes of "Friday Night Lights" director Peter Berg, "Meteor Man" star Robert Townsend and Legendary Pictures producer Thomas Tull. The pigskin-tossers will learn various facets of the industry and see if any of them become appealing.

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Alexander and Buchanon might need the lessons, but Bassett could probably just learn from his wife, Kendra Wilkinson, with whom he stars in the aptly-titled reality TV show, "Kendra."