Mark Wahlberg Visits Michigan Football Team, Catches TD Pass from Devin Gardner

Sean Frye@Sean_E_FryeFeatured ColumnistJuly 3, 2013

Mark Wahlberg
Mark WahlbergJason Merritt/Getty Images

It's always nice to be involved with a football program as storied as the Michigan Wolverines. Because out of nowhere sometimes, some of the most famous people in the world will stop by just to see what's up. 

That's what happened on Wednesday in Ann Arbor as actor Mark Wahlberg, known for being the frontman of Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch as well as starring in movies such as "Four Brothers" and "The Departed", stopped by to visit the Wolverines. 

According to Kyle Meinke of, Wahlberg was in town shooting scenes in and around the Ann Arbor area for the upcoming movie "Transformers 4." 

Plenty of Wolverine players were buzzing on social media about the visit from Wahlberg. But probably the coolest pieces came from starting quarterback Devin Gardner. 

In one of the two videos posted onto Gardner's Instagram account and tweeted out, Gardner hit the actor with a touchdown pass that threaded the needle between two defenders. Gardner then joined Wahlberg in the end zone for a celebration. 

Original touchdown pass tweet available here

In the other video that Gardner posted, Wahlberg bet 500 big ones that the Michigan quarterback couldn't hit a 50-yard field goal. Gardner attempted the kick and missed wide left and way short. 

Original field goal tweet available here

One of the more popular photos that hit Twitter was a group photo of the offensive and defensive lines with Wahlberg.

You've got to believe that somehow, somewhere down the road, Michigan head coach Brady Hoke is going to use Wahlberg's visit as a pitch to his recruits. Who knows, maybe that 5-star quarterback has a man crush on Wahlberg.