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Touchdown! In honor of NFL Kickoff, The Hudsucker shares their Favorite Football Movies

The preseason is over and the final cuts have been made, which can only mean one thing: it’s now time for the NFL football season to commence! The much anticipated Wednesday kickoff to the 93rd season for the NFL is set to be an event for the masses with a special pregame show, “NFL Kickoff 2012 Presented by Bud Light”, featuring musical performances by No Doubt and Mariah Carey.

The Dallas Cowboys and the New York Giants are gearing up for kickoff this Wednesday. Who will be the victor of the night? Credit: AP Photo/Evan Pinkus

The Dallas Cowboys and the New York Giants are gearing up for kickoff this Wednesday. Who will be the victor of the night? Credit: AP Photo/Evan Pinkus

The NFL Kickoff is celebrating their 10th anniversary tonight and will be presented live on NBC from The Rockefeller Center in honor of saluting last season’s Super Bowl defending champions, the New York Giants. The show leads into the season opener between the Giants and the Dallas Cowboys at the MetLife Stadium. Who will be the victor of the night?

Now you might enjoy football and all that it encompasses like our staff members here at The Hudsucker and like watching some solid gridiron action, or you may not. Whatever the case, sports are sports. They’re meant to define and challenge organized competitions, embrace human contact and come together for a common goal with tremendous heart and spirit. You could say in simplicity, that there is a beauty within any game in any sport! Football would be no different, though not everyone needs to watch a game to understand that concept.

In honor of the 2012 NFL Kickoff, our staff wants to keep you off the “sidelines” and share their favorite football films with you.

Andrew Rogers on THE BLIND SIDE, 2009:

Starring: Sandra Bullock, Quinton Aaron, Tim McGraw and Kathy Bates.

Image Credit: Warner Brothers

Firstly, I think it was a step in the right direction for Sandra Bullock as an actress which, as someone who roots for her to succeed, I was happy to see that. She had done drama before, but I think this was character with a lot of emotional depth that she had to fully inhabit to successfully pull off and she did that. Also, I think it’s a sports movie that anyone can enjoy, because sports isn’t the only (or even, arguably, the main) point of the film. The true message behind the film is about love, or, more fully, the love that connects us all in hard times which is something everyone can understand and also why I think it became such a hit and won the awards that it did. They were very well deserved in my opinion and I think if anyone hasn’t seen it, sports fan or not, they’re missing out on a great film. As a side-note, one might think that the fact that it’s “based on a true story” or that Tim McGraw is in it might detract from the film, but it doesn’t. Tim is a decent actor and, if nothing else, holds his own next to Sandra’s brilliant performance. The reality of the story just makes it all the more touching, in my opinion but I never felt like I was watching a cheesy story about some football player’s life.

Robert Cartagena on THE WATERBOY, 1998:

Starring: Adam Sandler, Henry Winkler, Kathy Bates and Fairuza Balk

Image Credit:Touchstone Pictures

My favorite football movie–and the only one I’ve seen (believe it or not)–is The Waterboy. First off, Adam Sandler’s one of my favorite comedians. Secondly, he and the cast give great performances as their respective characters, especially Kathy Bates as Mama Boucher. I always wondered how many things she actually believed were “The Devil.” Finally, it’s a feel good movie about overcoming odds and how the underdogs and outcasts in life can make a difference–both on and off the field.

Kathleen Horgan on RUDY, 1993:

Starring: Sean Astin, Jon Favreau, Ned Beatty and Charles S. Dutton

Image Credit:Touchstone Pictures

My favorite football movie is Rudy. I come from a large Irish Catholic family, so Rudy holds a special place in my heart. I love the movie for sentimental reasons, as the movie makes me nostalgic for the lazy Sunday afternoons of my childhood curled up on the couch with my dad and two younger brothers. Plus, who doesn’t love seeing the underdog have his moment in the sun?

Drew Bryce on THE REPLACEMENTS, 2000:

Starring: Keanu Reeves, Gene Hackman, Jon Favreau and Brooke Langton

Image Credit: Warner Brothers

The Replacements is hilarious, but at the same time a really motivating sports movie. It’s a “no matter how much of an outsider you are, there’s a home for you some place” kind of movie. Keanu Reeves performance is really underrated, and there’s a lot of actors in there who later went on to become famous. Most importantly, any sports movie that makes singing “I Will Survive” in jail look cool is worth a watch.

Katherine Hernandez on BRIAN’S SONG, 1971:

Starring: James Caan and Billy Dee Williams

Image Credit: Screen Gems/Columbia Pictures

My favorite sports movie is the original Brian’s Song starring James Caan as Brian Piccolo and Billy Dee Williams as Gayle Sayers. The movie is based on I Am Third, Gayle Sayers’s autobiography where he talks about his relationship with Piccolo when they both played for the Chicago Bears in the 1960s. Despite competing for the same position and being of different races at a time when it was still rare for blacks and whites to hang out together, the two formed a strong friendship which lasted until Piccolo’s death from cancer in 1970. Besides being a good movie, which can be rare for a made-for-TV film, my favorite thing about Brian’s Song is how they portrayed the friendship between Sayers and Piccolo. James Caan and Billy Dee Williams are both fantastic actors, and they’re really able to make you feel just how special and unique their friendship was. I will admit that I cry every time I watch this movie, although the part that gets me the most is when Williams (as Sayers) gives his acceptance speech for the NFL’s Most Courageous Player Award and dedicates the award to Piccolo. This movie is honest; there isn’t a Hollywood twist where Brian Piccolo magically recovers at the end, and that’s another thing I like about it. It tells a good, honest story about two players who had every reason to hate each other and instead ended up becoming close friends and being there for each other when it really mattered. Even though it’s a pretty heavy movie, there are some humorous parts when the two are poking fun at each other, and it also does a good job chronicling the rise of Gayle Sayers, but overall the movie is about friendship. I defy anyone to watch it and not tear up or, at the very least, be moved by their story.

Tania Hussain on HORSE FEATHERS, 1932:

Starring: Groucho Marx, Harpo Marx, Chico Marx and Zeppo Marx

Image Credit: Paramount Pictures

I’m a sucker for football films! When my best friend asked me a while back why I love football so much, I explained to him my personal logic: I love football films, ergo, I became a big fan of the sport and grew to love it more so over the years. It’s not a common logic amongst many, but it’s my own. It was shortly after my sister came home from her stay in the hospital some three years ago, that I discovered the Marx Brothers’ Horse Feathers. The film just felt like good medicine for the months that drained us emotionally. It’s laugh-out-loud hilarious! The 1932 film is screwball comedy at its absolute best. The brothers bring their unique spin of anarchy to the world of football in a rivalry between fictional colleges, Darwin and Huxley. The plot is silly, finds random humor and hijinks mixed with chaos and sharply witted dialogue. The four brothers, who are known for their quick quips and slapstick comedy make this film nothing short of brilliant in a madcap styling. One of my favorite scenes is the climax of the film, and is known for being one of the greatest football scenes in cinematic history as per ESPN. The brothers play football, complete with a horse-drawn garbage wagon, ridden like a chariot! It really is a film that everyone could watch and enjoy without caring about football being the underlying theme in the story. It delivers solid laughs!

Tatum Hawkins on…:

Not Another Teen Movie may not be your average chick-flick, but the film plays parody to a few chick flick clichés, as well as the infamous high school football jock. Image Credit: Columbia Pictures

I’m not into sports, so I don’t have a favorite football movie but I do love a good high school chick flick which often times has a hot lead guy as a football player…

So as the Super Bowl champs, the New York Giants begin their 2012 season against the Dallas Cowboys, we’re sure it’s bound to be a fascinating year for all thirty-two teams! We wish all the teams luck and can’t wait to see how the season plays out, especially with all the changes and shuffling of players on new teams that will definitely keep us engaged on and off the bench. With all the anticipation, we would like to know who you’re cheering for this season! What are some of your favorite football movies and why do you love them so much?


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