Whether your team wins the big game, or your hometown heroes already lost this season, football fans don’t ever want this time to end. Now, viewers don’t have to say goodbye to the gridiron game after the Super Bowl ends because there is plenty of pigskin content year-round.
Fans can watch football-centered movies and TV series to relieve the glory of their high school playing days for months to come. Maybe you want to escape your day-to-day life and become a fan of a fictional team like Friday Night Lights’ Dillion Panthers, led by Coach Taylor (Kyle Chandler)?
The Texas-based series will teach viewers just what it means to believe in the power of the sport and the “clear eyes, full heart, can’t lose” mentality. Plus, it’s about football, so it’s a win-win.
Varsity Blues, The Longest Yard and more movies will have fans jumping out of their seats as they get invested in a fictional football squad no matter what time of year. Or viewers can catch up on football flicks based on real people and events, like Remember the Titans and Rudy, to warm their tailgate-loving heart.
Rudy star Sean Astin still looks back fondly at the movie, telling Us Weekly in August 2020 what it was like filming his iconic final snap play. “My wife [Christine Harrell] was on the sideline. I looked at her before the big final snap,” he recalled. “That and the sound of the crowd are my enduring memory. That and the extraordinary accomplishment of this small crew. And I was happy for Rudy. When I watch the movie, it’s Jon Favreau’s cry that chokes me up.”
Sports fans can also binge watch comedies like Coach and The League to channel their inner football fan throughout the winter, spring and summer — until fall rolls around again and the crew suits back up for the NFL’s new season.
The Super Bowl only lasts one day, but these football-focused hits just keep coming.
Scroll through the gallery below to find the next football-lover fix in the form of a new movie or TV series.