NFL: Celebrity Fans for Every Team

Hayden BirdCorrespondent IJune 20, 2011

NFL: Celebrity Fans for Every Team

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    Snoop Dogg throws passes prior to the start of Snooper Bowl during their contest against Jacksonville at Raines High School in Jacksonville, Florida February 6, 2005. (Photo by Steve Grayson/Getty Images)
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    The NFL attracts all types of fans. From small children who can't remember a Cowboys Super Bowl to 100-year-old football veterans who are still in awe of Red Grange. From residents of towns where three cars constitutes a traffic jam to lifelong veterans of Manhattan.

    They literally come from all corners of the U.S (and the world for that matter). So it's no surprise that many of the rich and famous dabble in NFL fandom.

    Let's have a look at prominent celebs following each NFL team.

Atlanta Falcons: Kenan Thompson

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    FLUSHING, NY - AUGUST 29:  Actor and comedian Kenan Thompson poses for a photo with an oversized tennis racquet during Arthur Ashe Kid's Day at the 2009 U.S. Open at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 29, 2009 in the Flushing neighborho
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    After a career on Nickelodeon during his younger years, Thompson has moved onto bigger and better things.

    A regular on SNL, he's a lifelong Falcons fan.

    With the rise of Matt Ryan, hopefully he'll have something to cheer about soon.

Arizona Cardinals: Joe Maddon

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    ST. PETERSBURG, FL - JUNE 17:  Manager Joe Maddon #70 of the Tampa Bay Rays directs his team against the Florida Marlins during the game at Tropicana Field on June 17, 2011 in St. Petersburg, Florida.  (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)
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    The list isn't overly long for celeb fans of the Cardinals. It's not totally their fault. After all, the team used to play in St. Louis.

    Yet Joe Maddon—a formidable force in Major League Baseball as Tampa Bay Rays manager—is a passionate Cardinals fan.

    Though the Cardinals may lack the lustre of other, more illustrious teams, Maddon can sympathize, having remarkably turned around the hitherto-loser Rays.

Baltimore Ravens: Michael Phelps

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    SANTA CLARA, CA - JUNE 19:  Michael Phelps warms up in the practice pool during day 4 of the Santa Clara International Grand Prix at George F. Haines International Swim Center on June 19, 2011 in Santa Clara, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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    One of the finest Olympians in the history of the Games calls the Ravens his team.

    And when he was doing his thing in China in 2008, they were behind him.

Buffalo Bills: Tim Russert

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    NEW YORK - APRIL 19:  (L-R) NFL filmmaker Steve Sabol, 'Meet The Press' host Tim Russert and NFL filmmaker Ed Sabol attend the 25th Annual Sports Emmy Awards April 19, 2004 in New York City.  (Photo by Peter Kramer/Getty Images)
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    He died too young, but that doesn't change the fact that he was a man all Buffalo fans were proud to have as one of them.

    Even in the sometimes not-so-glamorous role of covering politics, Russert remained universally respected.

    He might be gone, but he is certainly not forgotten.

Carolina Panthers: Stephen Colbert

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    VANCOUVER, BC - FEBRUARY 18:  Comedian and talk show host Stephen Colbert acknowledges the crowd while taping an episode of The Colbert Report at Creekside Park on February 18, 2010 in Vancouver, Canada.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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    OK, I have to admit, off the top of my head, I didn't know any celebrities who are Panther fans.

    I know that might be hard to fathom, but it's true.

    And frankly, after doing some searching, I didn't have too much luck. But in a number of random places, one of my favorite TV stars kept popping up. So Stephen, whether or not it's totally true, you get the nod here.

    You shaved your head for the troops. You might have to do a little more than that to make Carolina a winner next year, though.

Chicago Bears: Barack Obama

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    I had a few options here. But at the end of the day, why not go with someone known worldwide?

    Mr. President is a pretty loyal Chicagoan and picked his Bears last year in the NFC title game, much to his own chagrin after the fact.

    Still, that kind of loyalty doesn't go unnoticed, and the Bears could yet win a trophy while he's in the White House. 

Cincinnati Bengals: George Clooney

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    MONTE CARLO, MONACO -  MAY 22:  Christian Klien shows George Clooney, the official guests of Jaguar Racing, the steering wheel of his Jaguar R5 in the garage after practice for the Monaco F1 Grand Prix on May 22, 2004, in Monte Carlo, Monaco. (Photo by Ma
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    With George Clooney, you generally know what you're going to get. In most of his movies, he plays the smooth, charming role. He has all the answers (Daniel Ocean?).

    With the Cincinnati Bengals, not even the they know what they're going to get.

    So not exactly a predictable match, but still a great one.

Cleveland Browns: Condoleezza Rice

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    MIAMI GARDENS, FL - FEBRUARY 07:  Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice watches warms-ups on the field prior to the start of Super Bowl XLIV between the Indianapolis Colts and the New Orleans Saints on February 7, 2010 at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Ga
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    You might question her politics, but don't question her knowledge of the game.

    She briefly entertained the notion of being NFL commish, and while that didn't work out, she's still got her Browns.

Dallas Cowboys: Jamie Foxx

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    LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 07:  Actor/singer Jamie Foxx sings, 'America the Beautiful' before the WBO welterweight title fight between Manny Pacquiao and Shane Mosley at the MGM Grand Garden Arena May 7, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Pacquiao retained his title in
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    Steamin' Willie Beamen himself roots for the Boys.

    He might have been pulling his hair out watching their play last year, but he could be smiling a little bit more this time around.

Detroit Lions: Eminem

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    AUBURN HILLS, MI - JUNE 14:  Hip hop artist Eminem watches as the San Antonio Spurs take on the Detroit Pistons in Game three of the 2005 NBA Finals at The Palace of Auburn Hills on June 14, 2005 in Auburn Hills, Michigan.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly ac
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    He might not rep them all over the place, but as a loyal Detroit man, he's in their camp.

    Throw in those badass Chrysler commercials about his hometown (commercials that Ndamukong Suh also did), and that's usually enough to fire up local fans.

Denver Broncos: Matt Stone and Trey Parker

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    CLEVELAND - NOVEMBER 6:  Jay Cutler #6 of the Denver Broncos looks for a receiver against the Cleveland Browns during the third quarter of their NFL game at Cleveland Browns Stadium November 6, 2008 in Cleveland, Ohio.  (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Image
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    There's a number of celebs to choose from here, but why think too much?

    My personal favorite Broncos reference on South Park was their opinion of Jay Cutler (then still a Bronco).

    "My dad says you kind of suck, but you might be good someday."

Green Bay Packers: Chris Farley

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    GREEN BAY, WI - FEBRUARY 08:  A Green Bay Packers Super Bowl Champion flag flies over Lambeau Field on February 8, 2011 in Green Bay, Wisconsin.  (Photo by Matt Ludtke/Getty Images)
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    Another man taken before his time. But another man who Packers fans were proud to call their own.

    He was Wisconsin all the way through. 

Houston Texans: George W. Bush

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    HOUSTON - OCTOBER 25:  Former President George W. Bush gives NFL referee Mike Carey a hug before the Houston Texans and Sa Francisco 49ers at Reliant Stadium on October 25, 2009 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
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    Still one of the most polarizing Americans, former President Bush can never be doubted for how versed he is in sports.

    A former owner of the Texas Rangers, he's quite the football fan, too.

Indianapolis Colts: Chuck Yeager

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    The first man to break the speed of sound. That has to be one of the coolest distinctions that a person can hold.

    And he's an unabashed fan of Peyton Mannng and the Colts. Before their Super Bowl win against the Bears, he was fully in their corner.

    He liked to fly fast, and he likes his touchdowns to happen in the same way (a service Peyton usually delivers).

Jacksonville Jaguars: Gene Hackman

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    Gene Hackman (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
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    For his role in Hoosiers, Hackman will forever be enshrined as a sports-movie legend. And he gets points for being a Jags fan, since no one would accuse him of jumping on a bandwagon.

    Not that the Jags have been horrible (in some seasons, they've been quite good), but Jacksonville is a young franchise.

Kansas City Chiefs: Paul Rudd

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 14:  Actor Paul Rudd speaks onscreen during the 2010 ESPY Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on July 14, 2010 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
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    Like the Chiefs, he's not always someone I think about right away (he flies under the radar from time to time).

    But like his role in Knocked Up, or the 2010 Chiefs, he's sneaky good.

    And yes, that's about all he has in common with Jamaal Charles. Still, not a bad celeb fan as they go.

Miami Doplhins: J-Lo

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    MONTE CARLO, MONACO - MAY 16:  (L-R) Pharrell Williams, Jennifer Lopez and her husband Marc Anthony are seen in the paddock during the Monaco Formula One Grand Prix at the Monte Carlo Circuit on May 16, 2010 in Monte Carlo, Monaco.  (Photo by Mark Thompso
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    As a part owner, she better be rooting for them!

    And Dolphins fans are thanking their lucky stars (as long as a trophy follows soon).

Minnesota Vikings: Al Franken

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    DETROIT, MI - DECEMBER 13:  Fans dry new logos painted on the field prior to the Minnesota Vikings playing the New York Giants at Ford Field on December 13, 2010 in Detroit, Michigan.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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    Like the legions of fans in Minnesota, he's still waiting for a Super Bowl. But at least he won his election to be senator!

    Quite the career for a man who was one of the original writers on SNL.

    And as a loyal Vikings fan, he stays in touch with his roots.

New England Patriots: Mark Wahlberg

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 13:  Actor Mark Wahlberg attends an IZOD party to celebrate the 100th Anniversary Indianapolis 500 at The Colony on April 13, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. The Indy 500 will take place on May 29, 2011 at the Indianapolis Motor S
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    Is he just the go-to for Boston celeb fans? Well, he isn't a bandwagon fan, that's for sure.

    On top of his singing and acting career, he's an avid fan of anything Boston (being a Beantown native himself).

New Orleans Saints: James Carville

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    NEW ORLEANS - NOVEMBER 30: Democratic strategist James Carville attends the NFL game between the New Orleans Saints and the New England Patriots at Louisana Superdome on November 30, 2009 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
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    The Ragin' Cajun makes no mistake about which football team he's rooting for.

    A New Orleans man without question, Carville and the Big Easy partied joyously when the Saints finally won the Super Bowl in February 2010.

New York Giants: Alyssa Milano

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 25:  Actress Alyssa Milano attends the 2010 NHL Entry Draft at Staples Center on June 25, 2010 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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    Some might say there are better candidates for the celebrity Giants fan.

    Frankly, I don't care.

New York Jets: Denzel Washington

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    NEW YORK - MARCH 11: Actor Denzel Washington attends the game between the Cincinnati Bearcats and the West Virginia Mountaineers during the quarterfinal of the 2010 NCAA Big East Tournament at Madison Square Garden on March 11, 2010 in New York City.  (Ph
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    Look at it this way: They could totally hire him as a coach and people would probably be excited (including the Jets).

Oakland Raiders: Ice Cube

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    OAKLAND, CA - SEPTEMBER 14:  Actor Ice Cube greets fans of the Oakland Raiders prior to the Raiders playing against the San Diego Chargers on September 14, 2009 at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum in Oakland, California.  (Photo by (Ezra Shaw/Getty Ima
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    Here's one where I don't really doubt the legitimacy of the celebrity knowing his team.

    Ice Cube seems like the type of dude that lives and dies by the silver and black every Sunday.

    In fact, he even made an ESPN "30 For 30" about the Raiders. Well played sir.

Philadelphia Eagles: Will Smith

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    LAS VEGAS - MAY 01:  Actor Will Smith attends the Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Shane Mosley welterweight fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 1, 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
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    He grew up in Philadelphia, and even though the Eagles always seem to come up a little short (something the Fresh Prince isn't accustomed to), he's stood by them.

    Who knows, now that Mike Vick's in town, they could do him proud sooner rather than later.

Pittsburgh Steelers: Snoop Dogg

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    LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 09:  Snoop Dogg attends a Press conference for adidas at the Footlocker Oxford Street store on July 9, 2010 in London, England.  (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images for adidas)
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    Despite growing up in California, Snoop has never made a big secret out of the fact that he loves the Steelers.

    Watching the Steel Curtain as a child made an impression on the rap star. And he's never forgotten it.

San Diego Chargers: Chuck Liddell

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    ANAHEIM, CA - MAY 25:  Chuck Liddell, the American mixed martial artist and former Ultimate Fighting Championship light heavyweight champion, attends the baseball game between the Oakland Athletics and the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Angel Stadium of
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    One of the most famous UFC fighters of all time, Liddell loves the Chargers.

    He's even been rumored to tailgate from time to time.

    (I thought about putting Arnold here, but too soon maybe?)

San Francisco 49ers: Robin Williams

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    SAN FRANCISCO - OCTOBER 07:  Actor Robin Williams cheers before the Giants before the Atlanta Braves game against the San Francisco Giants in game 1 of the NLDS at AT&T Park on October 7, 2010 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Image
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    My guess is that he wasn't a fan before Joe Montana and Bill Walsh rolled into town in the 80s.

    But who knows, maybe he's a diehard? Not a bad celeb fan, though. Just look at his IMDB page.

Seattle Seahawks: Paul Allen

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    CHICAGO, IL - JANUARY 16:  (L-R) Head coach Pete Carroll of the Seattle Seahawks talks with Seahawks team owner Paul Allen before the 2011 NFC divisional playoff game against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field on January 16, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois.  (P
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    He's the best I could do! Their owner and former co-founder of Microsoft, he's kind of famous, right?

St. Louis Rams: Nelly

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    CHARLOTTE - APRIL 24:  Rapper Nelly watches the action on the court during Game Three of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals between the Orlando Magic and the Charlotte Bobcats during the 2010 NBA Playoffs at Time Warner Cable Arena on April 24, 2010 in
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    As anyone knows from having seen his music videos, the dude loves his hometown.

    And he reps their gear (in varying flashy ways) all the time.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Dick Vitale

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    FORT WORTH, TX - NOVEMBER 07:  Sportscaster Dick Vitale (L) signs fans memorabilia prior to the start of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on November 7, 2010 in Fort Worth, Texas.  (Photo by Todd Warshaw/Getty Images)
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    A fan of the Rays as well, Dickie V supports his Tampa teams.

    He's clearly passionate for a winner (or anything for that matter).

    Maybe Josh Freeman will give him (and Bucs nation) something to cheer about again soon.

Tennessee Titans: Faith Hill

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    TAMPA, FL - FEBRUARY 01:  Singer Faith Hill performs 'America the Beautiful' during the pre-game show prior to the start of Super Bowl XLIII between the Arizona Cardinals and the Pittsburgh Steelers on February 1, 2009 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, F
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    Hill is rapidly becoming a fixture for Sunday Night Football. But while she may sing about other teams, only Tennessee gets her true affection.

    Apparently, her entire family is the same way.

Washington Redskins: Lewis Black

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    LANDOVER, MD - DECEMBER 21:  A general view of the Washington Redskins cheer squad as the fly flags during the game of the Philadelphia Eagles on December 21, 2008 at FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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    A hilarious comedian, he's also an actor, playwright and author. But just like any other regular guy, he loves football.

    And burgundy and gold are the team he'd love to see win another Super Bowl.

    He might be waiting a while, though...