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This Sporting Life: One of the all-time NFL defensive end greats, Dryer played with the New York Giants and the Los Angeles Rams in the 1970s.
Reel Life: After doing guest shots on TV series, including two stints as Sam Malone's buddy on "Cheers" -- ironically Dryer had auditioned for the role of Sam -- Dryer hit pay dirt in the tough-nosed NBC cop series "Hunter." With his towering physique and no-nonsense attitude, Dryer became one of TV's biggest stars as homicide Det. Rick Hunter. He also appeared in the syndicated action-adventure series "Land's End."