Retired NFL Player Bernie Casey Dead At 78

Former NFLer Bernie Casey, a player turned actor known for parts in “Revenge of the Nerds” and “I’m Gonna Git You Sucka,” has died.

The San Francisco 49ers made Casey the ninth overall pick in the NFL Draft, and he spent six seasons with the team (1961-66) as quarterback John Brodie’s favorite receiver. In one game in his final year with the team, he caught 12 passes for 225 yards.

Casey then spent two solid years with the Rams but shockingly retired in his athletic prime before the 1969 season, finishing his pro career with 359 catches for 5,444 yards and 40 touchdowns. Just 30, he wanted to concentrate on acting, painting and poetry.

His talent agent Erin Connor says Casey died Tuesday in Los Angeles after a brief illness. He was 78.