Football Movie Marathon

Happiest of Fridays!!! Today marks a pretty occasion in my life: I have the next THREE Saturdays off work. THREE. IN A ROW! That's a rare occurrence in the fall for me so I plan to soak in all I can these next few weeks. Tonight Jared and I plan to have date night at the gym (you guys- I'm addicted) and then head home for a night of healthy eating and a movie marathon while we ice our sore bodies. ;) I hope this weekend will bring more happiness to us Bengals fan than last weekend's game did...
Us, before the Bengals ripped out hearts out.
Lucky for me -and you- my friend Gwen has some great movie recommendations for your weekend enjoyment. Not just any movies but ALL football movies. Gwen is one serious sports fan and even though we cheer for all different teams, I love talking sports (and trash!) to her. Be sure to check out her blog if you're a sports girl, an Ohio girl, or just love her unique blog name/design!
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Hey there, football/Erin fans! I'm Gwen aka Gila Monster aka Gwen Coco and I blog over at Confessions of a Gila Monster.
Today I'm combining Erin's (and my) love of football with my love of movies and I'm giving you...

Gila’s Favorite Football Movies

This is by no means an all-inclusive list and I'm just telling you right off the bat that you won't find Rudy here. I've never seen it. Go ahead and call me a blasphemer (what a strange word).

Now that we're over that hurdle, on with the list, in no particular order:

Remember the Titans (2000)
I'm a huge Denzel Washington fan, so I was pretty certain I'd like this movie about integrating a previously all-white high school football team in the 70s. The movie also stars a young Hayden Panettiere AND Ryan Gosling plays one of the football players. You can see him briefly in this clip:



Favorite quote: "Don't you see the family resemblance? That's my brother."

We Are Marshall (2006)
Starring Matthew McConaughey and Matthew Fox, this is a tearjerker about the rebuilding of the Marshall football program after the 1970 plane crash that killed 37 players, plus coaches, fans and others. This clip shows a crowd outside the college president's office chanting "We Are Marshall."



Favorite quote: "The funerals end today!"

Something for Joey (1977 - TV)
You're going to have to bear with me here, as I'm sure a lot of you don't know anything about this one. In 1973, John Cappelletti, who played for Penn State, won the Heisman Trophy. His little brother Joey was battling childhood leukemia, and died in 1976. John (played by Marc Singer) dedicated the Heisman to Joey, as seen in the clip below:


As a kid, and a Penn State fan, I read the book and saw the movie and yes, it's also a three-tissue story. Last Christmas my mom searched high and low and found a DVD for me.

Favorite quote "I want you to score three touchdowns for me. No, four." (And he did.)

OK, enough with the sentimental stuff.

The Last Boy Scout (1991)
This might not really be a "football" movie but I'm including it anyway. Bruce Willis is here in all his awesomeness and Damon Wayans costars. It's a violent suspense mystery complete with the hero's child being kidnapped, and the on-field action is crazy and ridiculous. I can only include the trailer for this one because I don't know that there are any clips available without the F-word (in fact, it's used 102 times in the movie).



Favorite quote: "The sky is blue, water is wet, women have secrets."

The Replacements (2000)
It's funny how Keanu Reeves is so stiff as an actor but I do enjoy a lot of his movies. In this one he's a quarterback playing during a pro football strike. Gene Hackman also stars, as does Rhys Ifans, who also played one of my favorite characters of all time: Spike in Notting Hill. There's a super cheesy love story, but don't let that dissuade you.



Favorite quote: "Pain heals. Chicks dig scars. Glory ... lasts forever."

Honorable mention goes to: Brian's Song (but I felt I had used the cancer card already) and The Blind Side (which I really love despite Michael Oher now being a Baltimore Raven).

Thanks to Erin for having me! Feel free to visit me at Confessions of a Gila Monster, Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.



*Linking up with Sarah for Fan Friday*
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24 comments

  1. Nothing wrong with a date night at the gym...that's what I plan on doing too! Gotta get back into my groove now that I got the DR's okay :)

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  2. Enjoy your weekend off! I love all of these recommendations. My great-uncle was the head coach of ECU when the Marshall plane crash happened (on their way home from playing ECU), so that movie is a little more special to me and my family!

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  3. Remember the Titans is my FAV! I love football movies!

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  4. Yayy for having your saturdays!! Go you guys for your date night tonight! Peter and I had to decide between working out or going to a winery with his co-workers yesterday...and we chose the wine :P Remember the titans is definitely my favorite :)

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  5. Remember the Titans, I love it. Also in my top five: Rudy.

    The PSU one sounds so awesome and SAD.

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  6. Yayy for having three Saturdays off!! Enjoy yalls time together :)

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  7. Hooray for your Saturdays off! Thanks so much for having me today! xoxo

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  8. Yay! And what a perfect date night :)
    Once again, I'm wishing I could do gym dates with Eric, ha! But right now? I'm just wishing I could go to the gym! I haven't gone since Mia was 3 months because of Eric's work schedule. I just haven't been able to bring myself to take Mia to the gym daycare (gross) but it's getting too cold to run outside (saaaaaaaad day) so I'll have to suck it up and try putting Mia in the daycare!

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  9. Yay for 3 Saturdays off in a row!! Enjoy your weekend :) Also, I love the idea of having a football movie marathon - can you believe that my husband has never seen Remember the Titans? I think it's about time that changes!

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  10. Is it bad I've only seen one of those movies?! haha but where's Little Giants? and Lucas? and Rudy? hehe I love those movies :-) Congrats on having all those Saturdays off! Have a great weekend :-)

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  11. I have not seen any of those! Hahaha, I clearly need to get up to speed with my football movies! Horrraaaay for 3 Saturdays off in a row! You deserve those!! =D

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  12. Uhm.....RADIO!!! That is the best football movie eva!!! :)

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  13. UGH loooove Remember the Titans, now that is all I want to watch!!! Great recommendations, Gwen!!! ;)

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  14. Love your motivation for the gym, girl!!! It definitely can be addicting! ... Remember the Titans is one of my favorites. Love the Blind Side too! But now I want to watch We are Marshall!!! HAPPY FRIDAY!

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  15. Yay for the weekend off! Go Bengals! xo, jill

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  16. I have been watching Hard Knocks in the UK so grown a little fond of the Bengals!! I also JUST watched my firts two NFL games last weekend (Thanks to had knocks and a new found love of Friday Night Lights)! I'm trying to get into the sport now, won't replace my beloved hockey though!
    Following through Fan Friday - hope Bengals pick it up for you guys!
    Missy x

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  17. Woo weekends off!! Relax and enjoy it :)

    I really want to go watch Remember the Titans now...always such a good one!

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  18. Oh gosh! I've seen all but one of these- I love them all! Gotta add Blind side in there too as a fave!!!

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  19. Nice! Enjoy the time off! Great movie pics - I'm not huge into football but I have seen and enjoyed the first two she mentioned :)

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  20. Enjoy your movie marathon! I just don't think Remember the Titans can be topped ever in my mind!

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  21. How do you have 3 weekends off!! That is just crazy!! we have this weekend off and we are going to pumpkin patch because it's the only weekend we have.

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  22. You let a Steelers fan on your blog?!?!?!?!?

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  23. Although, if you were going to let one on, I can't think of a better one to choose!

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