15 Stars Who Used to Play Football (PHOTOS)

The 2014 NFL season will be upon us tomorrow, September 4 — ;and if things turned out a little differently, maybe we'd be seeing some of these stars on the field!

To help you pass the time while you wait for the big game, we've looked into the histories of some of our best-loved actors to figure out which stars used to toss the ol' pigskin around in a more-than-casual capacity. While usually their football career floated somewhere in their academic past, a couple of these celebs did a serious ;career switcheroo!

From super hot actors who used to play intensely in college to small town football heroes, click on to see which celebs know their way around the field. Here's a tease: Your favorite American Idol ;host is among the ranks. Seriously.

Click through the gallery to find out which familiar Hollywood faces used to shake it up on the field.