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Remembering Bubba Smith and Moses Hightower

Updated: August 4, 2011, 1:48 PM ET
By Patrick Dorsey

Before there was Nordberg. Before there was Hunter. Before there was Joe Huff and the latest pair of Football Cops, there was Moses Hightower -- one of the original NFLers-turned-officers, the hulking but quiet member the iconic "Police Academy," as played by former No. 1 pick Bubba Smith, who left us Wednesday at age 66.

A florist before he joined the force in 1984 ("I got bored with my chosen profession," he said), the fictional Hightower saw his rank raise from Cadet ...

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