Terry Crews: Family, Football, & Funny
Action-movie hero, sitcom star, syndicated game show host, advertising pitchman, former NFL player and best-selling author all describe the man that is Terry Crews. He’s known for having his shirt off and playing wacky, but memorable characters. He is perhaps best known for playing Julius, the overworked dad on the UPN/CW sitcom Everybody Hates Chris, a tough guy in the feature franchise “The Expendables,” the loveable goofball in “White Chicks,” or his appearances in Old Spice commercials.
Crews has proven that he’s adept at both drama and comedy. He currently stars on FOX’s Golden Globe Award-winning and SAG Award-nominated comedy series Brooklyn-Nine-Nine, and he is also the newest host of the popular syndicated game show Who Wants to be a Millionaire. Crews also added author to his resume last year with the release of his first book, “Manhood.”
But, the fun-loving fit actor is more than just muscles and a good laugh. He’s a family man who’s been married for 25 years, is dedicated to father’s rights and one who likes to keep his mind sharp.
“Football did not help me with regards to health, I think,” admits Crews. “What I mean is that the basis for exercise should be to be healthy. Not about just trying to catch a ball or something. So when I retired from the NFL, at first I felt like I didn’t really have to work out anymore, because there was no game on the horizon. That’s why a lot of star athletes gain so much weight. I eventually realized that I needed to work out for my brain and my body. My brain is my tool, and the best thing for it is exercise.”
“Getting in my workout every day calms me down, helps me think better, and helps me learn my lines faster,” Crews says. “The actual specifics of the workout don’t matter. It’s the habit. Just getting there and doing it. You almost have to think of your workout like going to a spa — the minute it doesn’t make you feel better, it’s not going to be a habit you can sustain. So the whole ‘no pain, no gain’ thing, it doesn’t work. In fact, exercise can never feel like work.”
On His Wife/Family Life
“[In marriage] you have to own up to your mistakes. And boy, I have made a lot over our marriage. You also have to evolve together, and realize that no matter how close you are, you are always going to be very different. Some people get married and think you should both see and like the same things. You have to be constantly talking to one another, and evaluating where each person is in their life. I really had to come to grips with that. My wife has been amazing throughout all my transitions, from football to acting and beyond. I think women deal with change a lot better than men. Women don’t hold onto foolish pride.
On Health Advice
“I’ve done a lot of reading about health over the years but it actually was my wife, Rebecca, who gave me a wake-up call about taking care of myself,” confesses Crews. “And it wasn’t a statement — it was an action. I was 30 pounds overweight and…