5 Fictional NFL Movie Ideas To Watch While Homegating

29 Sep, 2015

There’s a pretty awesome continual thread at the NFL subreddit, where users list the NFL story lines that would best translate into a Hollywood movie. There are some pretty sweet ideas — including a Kurt Warner film — on the thread, but here are our top-five NFL movie ideas along with the best choices for director and lead actor. The best part is that if you choose homegating instead of heading to the big game, you could fire up any of these winners during halftime.

5) The Tim Tebow Movie

Director: Mel Gibson

Lead Actor: Ryan Gosling as Tim Tebow

Genre: Christian Sports Drama

Synopsis: A younger Tim enjoys stardom the minute he hits Florida’s campus. But, upon entering the NFL, he runs into some on-the-field issues and finds himself sitting on the bench. But, when Kyle Orton and the Broncos struggle, he is thrust into action. Suddenly, he leads the team to the postseason where they top the Steelers in an epic OT battle. The movie ends with Tebow, now an SEC analyst and no longer in the NFL, running shirtless in the rain, determined to make his comeback a reality.

4) 2003 Carolina Panthers

Director: Pete Berg

Lead Actor: Tobey Maguire as Jake Delhomme

Genre: The Underdog Story

Synopsis: The movie begins with the 2002 Carolina Panthers finishing their 1-15 season. With the city of Charlotte reeling, one man — Jake Delhomme — hoists the entire city up and carries them to the Super Bowl in 2003.

3) Making Cutler Care

Director: Jonathan Levine

Lead Actor: Seth Rogen as Jay Cutler

Genre: Comedy

Synopsis: Jay Cutler has never cared. He was born in Santa Claus, Indiana, yet Cutler has no holiday cheer. Loses to the Packers in the NFC Championship game? Doesn’t score against the Seahawks? Misses the playoffs nearly every season? Don’t care. But, when the father-like figure of John Fox enters his life, the world Cutler knows so well begins to change.

2) Aaron Hernandez

Director: Ben Affleck

Lead Actor: Ben Affleck as Aaron Hernandez

Genre: Boston Crime Thriller

Synopsis: A Departed-like thriller fused with football. Hoping to cast Jack Nicholson as Bill Belichick.

1) Tom Brady

Director: Martin Scorsese

Lead Actor: Leonardo DiCaprio

Genre: The Ultimate Underdog Story

Synopsis: The story starts at Michigan, where Brady is considering transferring. Eventually, Brady is selected in the sixth-round of the NFL Draft by the New England Patriots. The story ends with Brady’s first Super Bowl win. Side note: Leonardo DiCaprio wins his first Oscar.


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