Today I learned, however, Suge Knight — a more street-credible derivative of his childhood nickname, "Sugar Bear" — played college football and had a mean, mean perm. (He also went to the same high school as "Weird Al" Yankovic!?!?)
After graduating high school Knight got a football scholarship to attend El Camino College. ECC also produced George Brett, Steve Sarkisian, Chris Mortensen, Fred Dryer, and more. After ECC in 1985, Knight transferred to UNLV to play football. He took full advantage of UNLV as he was named to the Dean’s list. After college, Knight was signed by the Los Angeles Rams during the 1987 NFL Strike, and served as a “scab” player. He wore number 79 and played in two games recording no statistics.
Here's the full photo in all its 1980s glory: