Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson was the only choice for the lead.

John David Washington is the son of two-time Academy Award winner Denzel Washington. He also played professional football as a runningback for the St. Louis Rams in the NFL and in the defunct United Football League. He is an alumnus of Morehouse College, where he was also a star player on the football team.

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson lost almost twenty pounds for the role.

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson was a college football player for the University of Miami in the 1990s. He can be seen in his playing uniform in the beginning of opening credits.

Roger Goodell, commissioner of the NFL, has tried to prevent several NFL players from appearing on this show.

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson wore a "Soulman Rocky Johnson" t-shirt, which was an homage to his father, the former WWF wrestler.

According to attorney Michael C. Donaldson, the show is able to use NFL logos and likenesses without the NFL's consent, so long as they don't tarnish the league's image.

Rob Corddry and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson appeared in Pain & Gain (2013).

Several league owners have tried preventing players from appearing in the show.

The hotel clerk says to Spencer Strasmore (Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson), "are you Vin Diesel?", and he said, "No, I'm bigger and better looking". Johnson starred with Diesel in The Fast and The Furious film franchise.

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson's character shares the same name as a Producer for HBO and Leverage Creative: Spencer Strasmore.

Spencer (Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson) is seen working out in the gym wearing a vest top with "people's champ" written on it, this refers to his WWE wrestler persona, "The Rock". He was known as "The People's Champ".

Omar Benson Miller (Charles Greene), Dulé Hill (Larry Siefert), and Richard Shiff (Mr. Anderson) appeared on The West Wing (1999).

Arielle Kebbel and Omar Benson appeared in American Pie Presents: Band Camp (2005).