The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, which debuted 25 years ago today, did a lot of things well, including working in numerous celebrity guest appearances. Whether they were playing a character or themselves, it seemed like every week there was someone famous visiting the Banks residence.
It wasn’t just movie stars and musicians showing up (although a lot of musicians showed up — you’d think Will Smith was a rapper or something). Plenty of figures from the sports world popped by to visit and, more often than not, threaten Will with bodily harm. Which athletes were those, you ask? Why, there’s a list of them right here!
If you’re too young to remember Bo Jackson, you really missed out. I could go on about his Hall of Fame college football career. Or how he was the first true “two-sport” all-star, when he played for both the Kansas City Royals and the (then) Los Angeles Raiders in 1987. Or how he made Brian Bosworth shut his mouth by plowing through him during a touchdown run on Monday Night Football. But the true indicator that he was an athlete for the ages is the fact that he was in a cartoon series where he fought crime with Michael Jordan and Wayne Gretzky.
And let’s not forget Tecmo Bo.
In this first season two-part episode, “Someday, Your Prince Will Be in Effect,” both Will and Carlton are vying for the affections of the same woman. In order to be the most impressive, Will brags about knowing various famous people, including — obviously — the 1985 Heisman Trophy winner.