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Top 5 football movies to watch during quarantine

If you are one of the many citizens across the country sheltering at home during this unprecedented event, then I thank you for doing your part to help flatten the curve. This is a trying time for many who are frightened by the possibility of being exposed to this horrible virus. And many others are unsure of how the stay at home order will affect their future employment, and therefore finances. We are all in need of a distraction from the worry or the boredom of being stuck at home.

For Chiefs fans, there are many resources available to get your football fix while stuck at home. The NFL app on your smart tv will allow you to re-watch every game of the Chiefs’ Super Bowl season. You can also re-watch “The Franchise” to see some behind the scenes footage of the season. It never gets old reliving the spectacle of a Super Bowl victory, something I was starting to doubt if I would ever get to see for my beloved Chiefs. But, if you feel the need to expand your viewing during self-quarantine, there are many wonderful football movies available online.

If you are looking for suggestions on which football movies to watch, then read on my friend. Below I’ve created a list of the top 5 football movies to watch while stuck in the house. I realize that everybody’s list will be different, and I am sure this list will anger some of you out there. But the movies I’ve listed below are very entertaining and offer a much-needed distraction from what we are seeing on the news.

5. Brian’s Song

This movie from 1971 is one of my brother’s all-time favorites. Based on a true story, Brian’s Song details the friendship between Gayle Sayers and Brian Piccolo who played together for the Chicago Bears. Piccolo becomes severely ill with cancer, but his illness only makes the bond between the two players grow stronger. I will warn you; this movie will hit you right in the feels. Just remember, it is alright to cry when watching this classic.

4. Friday Night Lights

Another movie that is loosely based on a true story, Friday Night Lights tells the story of a high school football team in Odessa, TX that has aspirations of winning a state championship. The star running back suffers a severe injury, the QB must learn to throw the ball after the loss of the RB, and the team’s FB must deal with an abusive father that used to be a star player during his high school years. These storylines give a glimpse into the pressure these young athletes face playing high school football in Texas, which most towns take very seriously. Interesting side note, the downtown shown in the trailer for the film is actually my hometown of Manhattan, KS.

3. Any Given Sunday

Director Oliver Stone’s depiction of a professional football team shows us how brutal and unforgiving professional sports can be. The team’s aging starting QB and his backup go down with injuries and the young 3rd stringer is forced into action. He plays well enough that team management wants to make him the starter going forward. This leads to tension between team management and the coaching staff, as well as friction in the locker room. The best scene in the movie, in my opinion, is the pre-game speech delivered by the head coach (played by Al Pacino) in the playoffs. It is one of the best sports speeches of all-time.

2. Remember the Titans

This movie is also based on a true story and depicts the efforts of African American coach Herman Boone as he tries to racially integrate the football team at T. C. Williams High School in Alexandria, Virginia. As you can imagine, Coach Boone faces a difficult task as many in town are automatically opposed to him due to the color of his skin. But he won’t be deterred, and he eventually brings the team together as one. This is a fantastic movie and one of Denzel Washington’s best performances.

1. Rudy

Not only is Rudy my favorite football movie, it is one of my favorite movies of all-time. The movie tells the story of Daniel “Rudy” Ruettiger who dreams of playing football at Notre Dame. Rudy faces many obstacles to keep him from reaching his goals. His grades were not good enough to get accepted to Notre Dame, he doesn’t have the funds to pay tuition even if accepted, and he is too small to play football. But Rudy is determined and eventually is admitted to the university and makes it on the football team as a practice player. It is the ultimate underdog story.

So, there you have it, five football movies to get you through the boredom of being stuck at home. All five movies can be streamed on Amazon Video. Feel free to share your list in the comments section below or on the Arrowhead Live page on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter.

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