In the HBO series Eastbound & Down, Kenny Powers (Danny McBride) is a once dominant pitcher whose career was cut short by his poor work ethic and bad temper. He works as a substitute gym teacher during his comeback to the Bigs.
In Married… with Children, Al (Ed O’Neill) is head of the Bundy household. As a high school football player he once scored 4 touchdowns in one game, but he now struggles through his job selling women’s shoes and his hopeless family. Al’s only reprieve is his alone time on the toilet and on the couch watching episodes of Psycho Dad.
Former athlete Uncle Rico didn’t reach his goal of becoming an NFL superstar, but that doesn’t mean he has to stop throwing footballs, especially if it’s at his nephew Napoleon Dynamite. Though he’s moved on to a variety of get-rich-quick schemes, his tight bell bottoms and class ring suggest he’s still holding on to some aspect of his younger years.