Depending on your personality and interests, you probably know Terry Crews for different reasons. There’s the Terry Crews who played in the NFL, there’s the Terry Crews who has been in several box-office hits, and there’s the Terry Crews who appears shirtless on Old Spice commercials.
“I’ve done a lot, and it’s weird because I’m known for different things in different places,” Crews said on CBS Sports Radio’s Tiki and Tierney. “When I’m in the hood, I’m known for Friday After Next and Training Day. They’re like, ‘That’s Damon right there! That’s Damon!’ And then I go to the mall and (I’m known for) White Chicks, and you got all these dads there like, ‘Amber, get back here! How do you know that man? How do you know him?’ And I’m like, ‘I don’t know your daughter, sir. I have no idea.’”
Crews, 46, is also known for The Longest Yard and The Expendables, among other credits.
“I’ve been honored to do so much and to be all things to different people,” he said.
Crews can also be seen on Brooklyn Nine-Nine and World’s Funniest Fails, which captures the not-so-shining moments of the Average Joe. It’s a humorous show, Crews said, but it’s also a clean show.
“This is the thing, man: First of all, YouTube videos ain’t going nowhere,” he said. “A lot of people are like, ‘We could all sit and watch YouTube together.’ No, you can’t – not with your family. You sit and try to watch (a) YouTube channel, all of a sudden something’s going to pop up, your kids are crying, grandma’s scared. My thing is, our deal is we clean up the Internet for families, you know what I mean? We never call people failures – because I’ve never believed in that. It’s just when people have tried to do things and they just fall a little bit short – and you might have got hit in the crotch while you did it.
“No one has failed more than Terry Crews. No one. I was on six teams in seven years in the NFL, okay? I was in NFL Europe. That whole thing imploded. I was there.”
Crews said that NFL Europe was “like Vietnam for the NFL.”
“They just dropped you off and hoped you didn’t come home in a body bag,” he said. “That’s how it was.”
Crews, who works out from 4 to 6 every morning, calls himself “The Amusement Park” because he’s “funny and scary at the same time.”
“I like to give people the smile and then I like to switch on them (and scare them),” Crews said. “With the size and the face, I can go real mean, real quick – and it really gets people. I really love that. That’s how I got all my auditions.”
Crews, a native of Flint, Mich., was asked if he’s sad that Ndamukong Suh is no longer a Lion.
“I don’t care,” Crews said. “I tell everybody: The NFL is a monopoly. I’m going to bust everybody’s bubble. It’s a monopoly. All the money’s going to the same place. The competition is an illusion. I loved the NFL – loved it, played in it. But I don’t have that kind of faithfulness to it – because there’s no competition. It’s not real. I hate to tell everybody, but all the money goes to the same place. Anybody who’s played totally understands that it’s a monopoly. The NFL just wants (each) city to pay for whatever they’re doing. It’s kind of crazy. I love it, but at the same time, it’s a freaking monopoly.”