John Fox checked into hospital for heart surgery as ‘Johnny Drama’

Eric Edholm

Have you been checking the casting rumors about the new "Entourage" movie? Supposedly Kate Upton could play Vincent Chase's love interest.

We'll we've got another casting idea for you, producers: Give Denver Broncos head coach John Fox a role. Vinny's Dad maybe? Something. Anything.

Fox, who recently underwent aortic valve replacement heart surgery last month, checked into a North Carolina hospital under the name “Johnny Drama” — the nickname on the show for Vinny Chase's brother, Johnny Chase — according to the Denver Post. Fox is reportedly a big fan of the show, and the nickname would seem to prove it.

Even with the report, Entourage cast member Jerry Ferrara (who played Turtle on the show) wasn't sure to believe it or not. In a since deleted tweet to the writer, the Post's Ryan Parker, Ferrara asked of his Fox report: "can u confirm this?"

Yes, we can.

The longtime HBO show, like the Broncos in the playoffs last year, faded with a bit of a whimper in its final run. But there's hope. Rumors of a strong plot for the upcoming movie match up with the Broncos strong run and likely No. 1 seed in the AFC this season.

But here's the one problem: If the Broncos get to the Super Bowl, the chances of Fox landing a cameo are slim. Shooting reportedly begins on Jan. 16.

Looks like it's one or the other, coach. Still, we like the nickname. Hope you're feeling great.

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Eric Edholm is a writer for Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at or follow him on Twitter!