In addition to the expansive film career that John Wayne had, he also played college football. However, things didn’t quite go as planned, and he ended up in the entertainment industry and making Hollywood history. He took an important lesson he learned on the football field and applied it to his film career and every other aspect of his life. Wayne credited this time in his life as a time when he embraced his basic life mantra.
Wayne was born in Winterset, Iowa but grew up in Southern California where he eventually played football. During his high school years, he was incredibly active, participating on the football team, debating team, Latin Society, and contributing to the sports section of the school newspaper. However, Wayne would prove that soccer wasn’t just an extracurricular subject that existed during his time in high school.
The movie star brought his athleticism to college, the University of Southern California (USC), where he studied law. He played on the soccer team, but a body surfing injury eventually changed the course of his life forever. As a result, Wayne lost his athletic scholarship, forcing him to drop out of college.
The official Wayne Twitter Posted an account about the actor’s values, including a lesson he learned on the soccer field. He spoke of a “fundamental” that eventually became his life mantra. It even guided the way he interacted with other actors.
“I think the lesson you learned on the football field is fundamental,” Wayne said. “If the player on the other side of the line of scrimmage is as good or better than you, you don’t care what color, religion or nationality he is; you respect him I’ve tried to live by it my whole life.”
Wayne occasionally lost his temper, like when he almost struggled with his The man who shot Liberty Valance co-star Woody Strode. The two later got along better, but filmmaker John Ford certainly made it an incredibly difficult shoot for everyone involved. Still, Wayne charmed many of his peers with his natural charm and the way he lived his values.
Wayne brought to the big screen the lessons he learned on the football field and in other aspects of life. He has been very thoughtful of all the characters that have been played in motion pictures over the years. The film star played heroes who he believed fought with integrity using American values of strength. Wayne sought this out with characters like Marine Sgt. John Stryker Sands of Iwo Jima and JB Books in The shooter.
He even went so far as to turn down important roles in films, such as Midday because he believed they were working against his values. As a result, Wayne turned down Oscar-nominated and award-winning parts to stick with his guns. It is clear that he refused to reject even the most basic of his values for the character he was projecting on screen.