After everything we have discussed in the last 14 days, I thought a halftime break would do us all some good. That’s what the players do, anyway. They get a chance to rest, regroup, and refocus before the last half of the game gets underway. So let’s all take a breath, clear our minds and have some good ole halftime fun.
If you Google “Famous Football Movies” you will find lists of 20 - 50 movies that focus on the game, the draft, well known teams and the lives of various players. For all intense purposes, I have created a list of my 9 favorite football movies and have included a short description of each……..
Brian’s Song - OMG! This has got to be the biggest tear jerker in the history of movies. So well worth every last teardrop you’ll cry though. Teammates overcome racial tensions and become best friends while playing for the Chicago Bears. You will need a box of tissue for this true story.
Little Giants - Um yes…..girls can play football and they can be every bit as good as the boys! The kids will love this as much as you will.
The Blind Side - Any movie with Tim McGraw is a must see. But what a cool story and true too as a guy from the poor side of town is taken in by a family who sees his potential not only as a player but as a person! You might want to just buy this on iTunes to have for all time.
We Are Marshall - Great feel good movie staring Matthew Fox (Lost) and Matthew McConaughey about Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia. I’m not going to give away the plot but basically tragedy leads to triumph in this true story about a college football team.
Remember the Titans - Probably my favorite of all football movies. Another story of how friendship arises from racial tension on a football team during the time of segregation. Bring your tissues to movie night for this one too.
Friday Night Lights - Ok so I loved the television series much better than the movie but still, this is where it all started. A small town in Texas is all about their local high school’s football team. Can the new coach handle not only the team but the townsfolk as well? You’ll have to watch to find out!
Rudy - Another feel good movie about a kid who wants to play football at Notre Dame. A movie about overcoming incredible odds and reaching for your dreams. The kids will love this one too.
Invincible - The true story of the oldest rookie in football history. If that doesn’t interest you then the star should! Mark Wahlberg does a great job playing Vince Papale, wide receiver for the Philadelphia Eagles.
Jerry Maguire - A totally different look into the professional side of football and the draft. One of my favorites because it is so interesting to see how agents negotiate with the players and teams. Very cut throat industry and Tom Cruise does a great job at “showing us the money” in professional football.
If you’re into Humor you might like these…
The Longest Yard - Burt Reynolds (remake with Adam Sandler)
Waterboy - Adam Sandler
Dallas North Forty - Nick Nolte and Mac Davis
Wildcats - Goldie Hawn
The Replacements - Keanu Reeves
Semi-Tough - Burt Reynolds and Kris Kristopherson
If you’re young and in love you might like these……
All the Right Moves
I hope you all have enjoyed today’s halftime entertainment. Tomorrow we get back into the game with my favorite side of the ball…….“The Big D” (defense).
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