Fall is upon us and I’m excited because it’s my favorite season. One of the reasons it’s my favorite season is because of football. I love sports movies, especially when they are about football. My favorite five all center around high school and college football. In real life, I think those two levels have the players that try the hardest.
1. We Are Marshall – Tells the story of Marshall University rebuilding after a plane crash that killed nearly the entire football team in 1970. There is also actually a Virginia Tech connection to this story – Frank Loria, one of the coaches killed in the plane crash, played football for Tech.
2. Friday Night Lights – A small town obsessed with the high school football team. Although a lot of it is mostly more dramatic than real life, it really captures the excitement of Friday night football.
3. The Blind Side – Based on the true story of Michael Oher being taken in by the Tuohy family, and his eventual success in college football and the NFL.
4. Rudy – Inspirational story of Daniel ‘Rudy’ Ruettiger who never gave up on his dream to play for Notre Dame football. Great story, and I love all of the scenes of Notre Dame game day because they remind me of Tech.
5. Remember The Titans – True story of the football team coming together in newly-integrated T.C. Williams High School in Virginia in 1971. This one is my most favorite football movie. Plus it has one of the best soundtracks out of any sports movie I’ve seen.
Which of these football movies have you seen?
What are your favorite sports-themed movies?