Kenny Washington, who plays Benny, played college football at UCLA on the same team with Jackie Robinson and future actor Woody Strode. He and Strode were two of the first black players in the NFL; Washington played for the L.A. Rams from 1946 - 48. He had been out of football for a year when he appeared in this picture; he makes a one handed, over-the-shoulder catch during practice without a scene cut or a stunt double.
Does this mean another operation on my knee, Mr. Lenahan?
Lenahan: That's it, Benny.
Benny: Too bad I'm not an automobile. Then all we'd have to do is put on a new wheel.