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Sep 12

Our 5 Favorite Football Movies

Original image by Kenneth Lu, used under Creative Commons.

Who’s excited about football season? Here at Vann’s we surely are, so we’ve decided to compile a list of our favorite football movies. (Honestly, it’s hard to narrow it down, but here are a few of them).

On the nights when there isn’t a game (or, at least, a game you want to watch), pop one of these movies into your Blu-ray player, or stream it on your tablet. Because you don’t get much more drama and action than you do from a football movie.

Jerry Maguire

This classic film manages to merge romantic comedy with sports movie, and delivers memorable lines such as “Show me the money!” and “You had me at hello.” When sports agent Jerry Maguire has an ethical epiphany, he decides to change the way he runs his sports management business and life. The film features cameos from a host of NFL players and coaches. Cuba Gooding Jr. won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Rod Tidwell.

Friday Night Lights

Small Texas town high school football team on the road to the state championship. It’s based on the real story of the 1988 Permian High School football team, and features a cameo from Chicago Bears wide receiver Roy Williams, who is himself a Permian alumnus.

The Waterboy

From college football water boy to MVP, Adam Sander stars in this classic underdog story. Throw in a ridiculously overbearing mother, a whole lotta southern accent, and some high action game moments, and you’ve got yourself an all American football comedy.

The Blind Side

Based on a true events, this movie follows the story of Michael Oher, his difficult childhood, his subsequent accomplishments as a high school football player, and his eventual rise to college football and the NFL. Sandra Bullock delivers a performance that won her an Academy Award, for her portrayal of Leigh Anne Tuohy, the woman who helps encourage and care for Michael throughout.

Varsity Blues

Another small town Texas high school football team takes center stage in this 1999 movie. James Van Der Beek stars as Mox, who encourages the team to take to the field on their own terms, rebelling against the coach whose questionable practices have caused injury to team members.

Does your favorite football movie list look a little different? Let us know what yours are in the comments.

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