Ricky Bobby Visits The Trojans!
Aug. 10, 2006
LOS ANGELES -- The No. 3-ranked USC football team, a week into its 2006 pre-season practice, received a surprise visit during its nightly team meeting on Thursday (Aug. 10)...from NASCAR legend Ricky Bobby (actor Will Ferrell)!
Not only were the Trojans surprised, but so was head coach Pete Carroll, who was attempting to pull his own stunt on the team. As an assistant coach gave the Trojans a tongue-lashing while watching video of a lackluster afternoon practice, Carroll--complete in an official Wonder Bread NASCAR racing uniform and helmet--appeared from the back of the room, accompanied by the roar of an engine and shrouded by the smoke of a fog machine. Carroll raced to the front of the room and, as the team howled in laughter, informed the Trojans that they were going to take a break from football and go to the campus theater to watch the nation's hottest movie, 'Talladega Nights, The Ballad Of Ricky Bobby.'
Unbeknownst to Carroll, the REAL Ricky Bobby--Ferrell, a former USC student--came in from the side door, also decked out in his NASCAR outfit. A stunned Carroll and his Trojans erupted.
Ferrell, a Trojan fan who has been on the sidelines of numerous USC games and has visited the team in the past, addressed the players (in Ricky Bobby character, dialect and all) for a few minutes, then high-fived the crowd and posed for photos.
In previous seasons, a number of celebrities besides Ferrell have visited Carroll's Trojans at practices and games: Snoop Dogg, Nick Lachey, Spike Lee, Henry Winkler, George Lucas, Alyssa Milano, Kirsten Dunst, Sophia Bush, Chad Michael Murray, LeVar Burton, The Game and Anthony Kiedis.