Dwight D. Eisenhower, our 34th President, thought football was the best sport for young men to play because it was similar to war. That is, football is similar to battle because both are violent, competitive and there is plenty of drama. And like war, football has been excellent fodder for movies over the decades.
The holiday season is the time of year when families gather together to celebrate, feast, catch up on the times and play football. That’s right, there will be families all over America who will slip on Packer’s sweaters and Patriots beanies, grab the Nerf football and head outside for some friendly football this holiday season. Unfortunately, all too many will also wind up at their New Orleans chiropractor due to an injury received playing this rough sport.
Here is a better idea; skip the family football game and watch a football movie instead. You won’t get cold or injured watching a good football movie this holiday season and you might even learn something new. You will be entertained at the very least for sure. So when uncles, brothers, aunts and sisters gather for the festivities, have any one of the following football movies handy for entertainment.
Invincible is based on a true story about Vince Papale, a 30-year-old out-of-work teacher who, after his wife walks out on him, decides to make it in the pros. He does somehow manage to make the team, the struggling Philidelphia Eagles, but that is just where the struggles begin. The film showcases a rock-solid cast including Mark Wahlberg and Elizabeth Banks and is a great movie that reminds you it is never too late to chase your dream.
Rudy is a scrappy, blue-collar kid who has a dream of playing football for the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame. Unfortunately, Rudy wasn’t blessed with the body or talent of a star athlete. What he does have, however, is determination and that just might be enough to help him see his dream come true.
All the Right Moves
This is a classic tale about a young man desperately trying to escape his hometown. Tom Cruise plays a talented defensive back who does all he can to get a scholarship so he can bail his economically depressed town and go to where things could bet bigger and better for him. But of course, nothing in life is that easy and he encounters plenty of bumps and a few detours along the way.
Paper Lion tells the story about George Plimpton, brilliantly portrayed by Alan Alda, a 36-year old journalist who joins the Detroit Lions as a third-string quarterback. The movie relates his trials and tribulations on the team all while trying to keep his true identity a secret.
Any Given Sunday
Any Given Sunday is a football movie directed by Oliver Stone and stars Al Pacino. Do you really need any more reasons to watch this movie?
So, stay healthy this holiday season by skipping the annual family football game and replacing it a good football movie instead.