? Elvis loved sports, it's just that he had other interests. So the story goes, he got cut from his high school football team in Memphis for refusing to shave his sideburns. But he played touch football passionately throughout his life—often as a quarterback. He had bad hands but loved diagramming plays and mimicking his idol, Jim Brown, on the field. While stationed in Germany with the U.S. Army in 1959, soldiers gave him the MVP trophy in their Bad Neuheim Sunday Afternoon Football Association. Back home, his pickup games were famously rough and drew such stars as Pat Boone, Ricky Nelson and Jan and Dean. One rule: When tagging Elvis, Don't touch the face.
?Never mind the red sash, Elvis had a black belt in karate, which he began studying in the Army. He trained with several mentors, one of whom dubbed him Master Tiger.
?As a heartthrob driver in Speedway (1968), Elvis runs from an IRS agent played by Nancy Sinatra. Richard Petty—the King of NASCAR—and Cale Yarborough had cameos.
? Elvis's 1962 musical remake of the boxing film Kid Galahad was a hit with moviegoers but not with the critics. Said The New York Times, "The expanses of flesh that he exposes when he gets into boxing togs are a fair indication that most of his muscles have come from punching a guitar.... Mr. Presley does not make a very convincing pug."