Top Ten NFL Pop Culture Moments in 2012 – 2012 NFL-ballooza

1. Rex Ryan: Oscar Nominee?

What was the biggest bit of acting from the Jets this season? Rex Ryan in the Adam Sandler vehicle “That’s My Boy” or the Jets masquerading as a playoff contender deep into the season?

2. Donald Driver wins Dancing With The Stars

Years after he perfected the Lambeau Leap, Donald Driver took his dancing shoes to ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars.” Like Emmitt Smith and Hines Ward before him, Driver took the mirror ball trophy. Does a Lombardi loom in his future this year?

3. Heinz Ward and the Steelers in The Dark Knight Rises

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Associated Press

The Dark Knight had many unbelievable moments. Like why did the Gotham City Police Department walk in a straight line. But the biggest one? Might have been Hines Ward getting behind the defense to score a touchdown. You can only suspend belief so much.

4. Bollywood takes over the NFL

Bollywood took over NFL Network’s Thursday Night Football coverage as Priyanka Chopra sang the opening number. Servers almost crashed as viewers scrambled to Google to type in her name.

5. Hollywood Bootcamp

NFL players have been no strangers to the silver screen, as many big name stars have made the leap to Hollywood. But a small group of NFL players and alumni took a crack at both sides of the camera in the Hollywood Boot Camp this summer.

6. Gangam Style Invades

Gangam Style invaded the NFL, as the latest dance craze was blended in with end zone celebrations. We’re still hopeful for a return of the Macarena.

7. The Art of Ice-T

What was the greatest football movie of all-time? Ice-T dropped by the NFL Network studios to weigh in.

8. Standing by Jerry O’Connell

Who was a better fantasy performer, Philip Rivers or Peyton Manning? For the former Jerry Maguire co-star, Jerry O’Connell, it was simply a matter of surf or ski?

9. Make-ups and Break-Ups

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Associated Press

It was a tough year for Jets quarterbacks Mark Sanchez and Tim Tebow. Both lost the starting gig to Greg McElroy in Week 16, and went through high-profile breakups with Eva Longoria and Camilla respectively. But for Christian Ponder, he got the Vikings on the cusp of the playoffs and snagged Samantha Steele.

10. Saved by the Harbaugh

When faced with a tough quarterback call between Alex Smith and Colin Kaepernick, Jim Harbaugh knew exactly how Jesse Spano felt when she suspended A.C. Slater for the big game in an episode of “Saved by the Bell.” Harbaugh opened up about his appearance on the cult classic.

by: Adam Rank

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