Football for All Ages

There’s no doubt about it.  All eyes are on Houston this weekend as we get ready for some football.

The 51st (or LI) Super Bowl will be played at NRG Stadium here in Houston on Sunday, February 5th.  People will tune in to see the New England Patriots take on the Atlanta Falcons -- although some will tune in just for the commercials or the half time show featuring Lady Gaga.

The love of football starts young.  Parents or older siblings watch.  The younger kids like the action and the excitement and pick up on the love of the game and the team.  Kids – mostly boys -- as young as five start playing in Pop Warner games or other organizations.  As the kids grow, they may even play at the high school level.  Some even go on to college football and maybe pro football.  Or they may just become fans.

American football is played all over the world.  In addition to North America, there are leagues in Central and South America, Europe, Asia, and Oceania.  So it’s no wonder that the Super Bowl captures the attention of the world, not just the United States.

Naturally, football has been part of another American pastime: entertainment.  In movies and television, we get to see both fictional and real-life players take to the field.  From Harold Lloyd’s silent classic The Freshman to recent films such as Woodlawn and Draft Day, from comedy to drama, we have seen the sport and the players up close.

For a look at football and those who love the sport, from kids to adults, check out some of the titles below.  And enjoy the game.

For young kids

Air Bud, Golden Receiver
Reading Rainbow, Game Day
Touchdown Charlie Brown


The Game Plan
Heaven Can Wait
Horse Feathers
Little Giants
The Longshots
Necessary Roughness
The Replacements



The 5th Quarter
All the Right Moves
Any Given Sunday
The Blind Side
Draft Day
Forrest Gump
Hometown Legend
Knute Rockne, All American
The Longest Yard (1974)
My All American
The Program
Remember the Titans
Varsity Blues
We are Marshall
When the Game Stands Tall
Woodlawn : the True Story


TV series

Friday Night Lights
The League



Greatest Super Bowl Moments I-XL
Pro Football Hall of Fame
Texas : the History of Texas Longhorns Football