Two decades before he began hosting “America’s Got Talent” in 2019, former NFL star Terry Crews faced financial challenges.
“After retiring from the NFL, I struggled to get to the next level I wanted to be at,” Crews, 55, revealed Saturday. according to Variety. “I tried many times to get a job in the entertainment industry, but I had no luck.”
“And then my wife’s wedding ring went to the pawn shop for the fourth time,” the “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” actor continued. “When that happened, she told me that maybe it was time to expand the search and do anything that could actually put food on the table.”
Crews made the surprise revelation while hosting the Chrysalis Butterfly Ball in Los Angeles. They claimed he was forced to eventually sign up with a temporary employment agency, which placed him in a factory where he was “summarily handed a broom and told to sweep the entire factory.” ”
“Now I felt devastated because of my pride,” Crews continued. “But something else happened that allowed me to reshape my way of thinking little by little.”
“At the end of the day, I was able to put gas in the car and put food on our table,” he explained. “I went to sleep exhausted, but when I woke up I was ready to take my life into my own hands.”
The post reached out to Crews for comment.
The former journeyman defensive end/linebacker retired from the NFL in 1997 and eventually built an impressive Hollywood resume, appearing in Everybody Hates Chris, appearing in 2008’s Get Smart and appearing in Brooklyn Nine-Nine. played the main role.
It’s not the first time that The Family Crews star has spoken openly about his life.
And in 2021, the White Chicks star shared that he had managed to save his marriage to Rebecca King-Crews, 57, after ignoring “jealous” friends who pressured him to do so after a difficult period to divorce her.
The couple married in 1989.
“There are certain people in my life who are always jealous of our relationship and may not have noticed,” Crews says said Page Six. “They said, ‘Oh, you’re free now… you’re good to go,’ and I said, ‘Wait a minute – but you don’t have anyone.’ And you start to realize, ‘Wait a minute – it’s better at home.'”
“All this other stuff is a trick,” he said of people who project perfect lives on their social media accounts. “There is nothing there and everything is fake.”
Crews stated that he knew he and his wife would survive because she knew him before he became famous.
“One thing that blew me away is that Rebecca knew me when I was broke, McDonald’s style,” Crews joked.
“No one else knows the real me. I would think, “Who can replace her?” “No one can ever replace the things we’ve been through.” And what I’m grateful for is that our relationship never reached the point of no return, because that’s the real thing.”