How many football movies have you seen over your lifetime? How many of them can you remember the titles of or the story line? Here a a few to jog your memory a little. Maybe some of your favorites are on the list.
1) “The Blind Side” was made in 2009 and starred Sandra Bullock as Leigh Ann Tuohy. It is a true story of how she and her husband, Sean, adopted an impoverished child and raised him. The child became Baltimore Ravens offensive lineman Michael Oher. (The picture is of Oher and the real Tuohys.)
2) “Friday Night Lights” made in 2004 embodies the pride and pressure endured by members of the Permian High School Panthers from Odessa, Texas. It was also made into a TV series of the same name.
3) “We Are Marshall” from 2006, is the true story of the 1970 plane crash that killed 37 members of the Marshall University football team, and 38 coaches, trainers and athletic boosters. The movie focuses on the school’s effort to rebuild the team in honor of all of those who were lost.
4) “Jerry Maguire” from 1996, is probably most known for the one line from the movie, “Show me the money!” The film centers around an Arizona Cardinal in his quest for fame and wealth and still hold true to the importance of family.
5) “Remember the Titans” from 2000 is based on the true story about Herman Boone, an African American coach of a newly desegregated high school football team. Members of the team and coaching staff overcome racial tensions and complete their season undefeated, becoming a symbol of unity for their community. Denzel Washington stars as Boone.
Other movies that might ring a bell are “Brian’s Song” the true story of Chicago Bears teammates Brian Piccolo and Gale Sayers’ friendship that develops after Piccolo discovers he’s dying of a terminal illness. “Rudy,” the true story of Rudy Ruettiger who overcame the odds to play for Notre Dame. “The Longest Yard,” which was made twice is about a convicted quarterback organizes a team of inmates to play against a team of sadistic guards. “The Express,” based on a true story about Ernie “the Elmira Express” Davis, the first African-American to win the Heisman Trophy.
By Nancy Morris