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Brian and the Boz 

In some ways, Barry Switzer and Brian Bosworth were made for each other. The Oklahoma coach and the linebacker he recruited to play for him were both out-sized personalities who delighted ... See full summary »


Thaddeus D. Matula


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Episode credited cast:
Fred Akers Fred Akers ... Himself
Bob Barry Jr. Bob Barry Jr. ... Himself
Brian Bosworth ... Himself
Foster Bosworth Foster Bosworth ... Himself (archive footage)
Vicki Bosworth Vicki Bosworth ... Herself
Chip Brown Chip Brown ... Himself - Writer
Mack Brown ... Himself
Tony Casillas Tony Casillas ... Himself
J. Brent Clark J. Brent Clark ... Himself
John DiPasquale John DiPasquale ... Himself - Childhood Friend
Todd Dodge Todd Dodge ... Himself - Texas Quarterback
John Elway ... Himself (archive footage)
Evan Garwood Evan Garwood ... Himself
Gary Gibbs Gary Gibbs ... Himself
Dale Hansen Dale Hansen ... Himself


In some ways, Barry Switzer and Brian Bosworth were made for each other. The Oklahoma coach and the linebacker he recruited to play for him were both out-sized personalities who delighted in thumbing their noses at the establishment. And in their three seasons together (1984-86), the unique father-son dynamic resulted in 31 wins and two Orange Bowl victories as Bosworth was awarded the first two Butkus Awards. But then Bosworth's alter ego: "The Boz," took over both their lives and ultimately destroyed their careers. In "Brian and The Boz," Bosworth looks back on the mistakes he made and passes on the lessons he learned to his son. It's a revealing portrait of a man who had and lost it all, and a trip back to a time when enough just wasn't enough. Written by ESPN Films

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28 October 2014 (USA) See more »

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Austin, Texas, USA

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The Sides to the Player
28 June 2015 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

30 for 30: Brian and the Boz (2014)

*** 1/2 (out of 4)

Another winning episode for the ESPN series takes a look at the rise of Brian Bosworth and the quick fall of his "other" half, which became known as The Boz. We hear about Bosworth's early playing days and how he struggled with his father. From here we learn about him getting into Oklahoma and the firestorm, which would eventually have him released from the program and onto the NFL where another disaster awaited. If you were a fan of college football during the time Bosworth played then you certainly know who he was and what he stood for. The documentary really examines in good detail what went so wrong and how The Boz pretty much took over Brian and ruined whatever chance at a career he had. The film also does a nice job at getting several teammates and coaches who knew him interviewed about their thoughts on the matter and the now notorious book he wrote. Overall the film is certainly entertaining, although there were times it felt a bit too rehearsed included a lot of the stuff dealing with Brian going through a storage unit with his son to "discover" some of his old items. This bit seemed too staged but fans of the series will still want to check this out.

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