Maybe I should stop having flashbacks to movies from the past. It seems like everytime I do then someone from that movie ends up passing away shortly after. Although it's rather difficult for me not to do when that when I'm constantly thinking about movies from yesteryear. Not that one has anything to do with the other, but a memorable actor is gone regardless.
Former NFL great and "Police Academy" star Charles Aaron "Bubba" Smith passed away in his Los Angeles home. Cause of death is not yet known but it is believed it was due to natural causes. He was only 66-years-old.
I feel a little bad that I wasn't more familiar with the stellar football career Bubba had. I have been following the NFL for quite a while now, but even with as old as I am I wasn't up on the stars of the 70s. That was when Bubba made a name for himself. Even before that when he was drafted first overall in the 1967 draft. Then later when he would play in two Super Bowls, winning his second in Super Bowl V with the Baltimore Colts.
As a matter of fact, I didn't even realize his real name was Charles Aaron. My first recollection of him was during those Miller Lite commercials back in the day. Ever since then he had been known as Bubba. He's always looked like a Bubba to me.
But of course my fondest memories of Bubba was as Officer Moses Hightower from the "Police Academy" films. The guy that was the former florist turned policeman. The guy that didn't need a gun to keep folks in line. His found a way to use his imposing figure to be funny using intimidation humor. Yep...just made that genre up myself just now and it fits him perfectly. We only had two brothas in the whole movie and he was clearly the better one of the two.
I'm still buggin' over the fact that they called it natural causes. How does a person die of natural causes at only 66? I know brothas have a short life expectancy but it's not supposed to be THAT short. At least he was able to leave an undelible name for himself while in the short time he was here. I know I for one surely appreciate it.
Rest in peace, Mr. Smith.