This year’s BCS National Championship Game between Notre Dame and Alabama features two storied college football programs in a matchup that already has all the hype of a summer blockbuster. While you’re waiting for kickoff on Jan. 7, check out these four actual blockbusters to get even more psyched for the big game.
Even if you’re an Alabama fan, it’s hard not to like Rudy. Often ranked among the greatest sports movies ever, it’s the story of Daniel “Rudy” Ruettiger, a young man who was told he was too small to play major college football, but who outworks everyone to achieve his dream of playing for the Fighting Irish. This underdog film is the first movie Notre Dame ever allowed to be filmed on its campus. If you don’t yet have a rooting interest for the big game, you may have a new favorite team after watching Rudy.
Since Forrest Gump seems to be on TV 24/7, it’s easy to stop and catch a favorite scene every couple of weeks while channel surfing. One of our favorite parts is the five-minute stretch during which Gump gets recruited by Alabama head coach Paul “Bear” Bryant and leads the Tide to a National Championship.[youtube video=”Q9EBdz8ND-0″ /]
Knute Rockne: All American
Released in 1940 and featuring former President Ronald Regan, Knute Rockne: All American is an oldie-but-goodie that tells the story of famed Notre Dame head coach Knute Rockne, a poor immigrant who followed the American Dream and invented the forward pass. Rockne is a legendary name among college football coaches, so if you’re unfamiliar with his story, you need to rent this movie today. Speaking of legendary college coaches…
The Junction Boys
Perhaps the most famous coach in college football history, Paul “Bear” Bryant got his Crimson Tide teams ready with brutal 10-day summer football camps in Junction, Texas. By taking an in-depth look at these camps and shining a light on the no-guts, no-glory culture of football before ice baths and pain killers, ESPN created an instant classic with Junction Boys. In the film, former Alabama player and coach Gene Stallings reveals that he crossed his fingers every time the players gathered on a bus crossed the river near Junction in hopes that “the brakes would just fail” so he could find a more honorable way out than quitting.
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