Former Wildcat Wiren to Appear in ?The Game Plan?

MANHATTAN, Kan. Former Kansas State defensive end Nyle Wiren, who recorded a school-record 11.5 sacks during the 1996 season, will make his third cinematic appearance when Disney’s “The Game Plan” opens in theaters Friday.

Wiren, along with 25 other Arena Football League players, were utilized for game action, as they spent 10 days last October filming the football scenes at the College of Holy Cross and Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Mass. Wiren appears as a member of the New York Dukes defense.

The film is based on superstar quarterback Joe Kingmen, played by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, whose team is in the midst of a championship season when he discovers he has a seven-year old daughter, Peyton, when she shows up at his door. Throughout the movie, Kingmen tries to juggle his professional career, his bachelor lifestyle and also being a father.

“One of the benefits of being in The Game Plan’ was getting to work with the Arena Football League players,” Johnson said. “They brought a special dedication and energy to the film, but more importantly, they brought a great reality to our movie.”

A four-year letterman at Kansas State, Wiren also appeared in the football-based movies “Any Given Sunday” (1999) and “The Longest Yard” (2005). He recently wrapped up his ninth season as a linebacker with the Tampa Bay Storm.