Football-Related Movies For Fathers And Children
February 3, 2012
As many fathers new and old surely know, spending time with your children is something your little ones grow up to appreciate forever. Even as your kids grow and find their own things to occupy their time, establishing a tradition of a family night of fun is never a bad idea.
During the NFL season, movie time may be limited for some pro football enthusiast dads on the weekends. However, football isn’t on all of the time so why not take a couple of hours and check out some of NFI’s favorite football-related movie suggestions.
- The Blind Side (2009) – Based on the true story of Baltimore Ravens offensive lineman Michael Oher, once a socially awkward and homeless African-American boy left to toil all alone with an absent dad and drug-addicted mother. The tale of family love, hard work and redemption are extremely resonant throughout the film.
- Rudy (1993) – Although undersized and academically stunted, Daniel E. “Rudy” Ruettiger proved his doubters wrong by making the Notre Dame college football team. Barely making the team, Rudy eventually makes the most of his moment in the film’s moving climax.
- The Game Plan (2007) –Joe Kingman is a star NFL quarterback and a hotshot bachelor. Kingman’s cushy life changes when he discovers he’s a father of a precious 8-year old daughter. This is a great film for dads with daughters as well.
- Little Giants (1994) – This older film is a story about rival peewee football teams is something a lot of dads of tiny pigskin players can relate to. The tale of two brothers Kevin and Danny O’Shea is a classic tale of David Meets Goliath with a comedic twist. Younger kids will delight at seeing players who aren’t so physically skilled make the most of their time on the field.
- Friday Night Lights (2004) – Geared towards older kids, this sometimes violent but honest portrayal of high school athletics in a small town is much more than a football movie. One of the chief points of the film is to serve as a cautionary tale about how ambitious athletes who want to win it all sacrifice more than their bodies.
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