BCSP Notes . . .
When he played football for the Morgan State University Bears from 1982-85 he was Lester Speight, an aggressive 6-4 215-pound linebacker from Crownsville, MD. He was a big hit as a Bear, and he's still a big hit.
Speight now calls himself Mighty Rasta, and he was the star of a Reebok commercial that drew rave reviews when it debuted Super Bowl Sunday.
Rasta plays an office enforcer, dubbed Terry Tate, who lays heavy hits on employees who violate company rules. Not filling the coffee pot, or making personal long distance calls will result in the offender having to taste the rage of the Mighty Rasta.
Rasta is the star of what many reviewers have called the best commercial of the Super Bowl. He plays the role with lots of the same fire and energy he displayed while playing football for the Blue & Orange in the 1980's.
As Lester Speight, he was one of the more physical and athletically gifted players on the Bears' roster. His athletic gifts made him extremely valuable, as he also played defensive line, offensive line, and wide receiver while at Morgan State.
Speight was always a personable and outgoing young man. He displayed many of the traits that are serving him well in his role as Terry Tate.
Since leaving Morgan, life has taken Speight in many directions. He's put on almost 100 pounds of pure muscle since his Morgan playing days, and now tips the scales at a muscular 315 pounds. He signed to play football professionally with the Baltimore Stars of the USFL, however the league folded before he could play a game. Speight's acting resume includes parts in "NYPD Blue", and the feature film "Any Given Sunday". He also has parts in movies with Jet Li and Jamie Kennedy. Reebok plans to release three more "Terry Tate" shorts at www.terrytate.reebok.com. And the commercials success could lead to an elevated profile for a young man who wasn't shy about being in the spotlight when he was an undergraduate at Morgan State University.
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