NFL: 5 Best Speeches in Football Cinema History

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NFL: 5 Best Speeches in Football Cinema History
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Football is perfect subject material for cinema. The bone-jarring collisions, deep passes and fast, dynamic rushes are natural highlight set pieces for the silver screen. The nature and drama of the gladiatorial struggle at the heart of every play offer plenty of material for willing screenwriters.

Despite its possibilities, football's record on the big screen is an uneven one. As sub-genres go, football has not produced many classic movies, but it has produced plenty of memorable cinematic moments. Even in the most mediocre football films there is usually the customary rousing, inspirational speech. The physical, combative nature of the game and the often mythical status given to coaches mean that football lends itself well to such lofty dialogue.

The football movies that have managed to produce the instantly and endlessly quotable speeches are those where vivid writing has been combined with a true respect and understanding for the game itself. These speeches either elevate or, in some cases, reject the generic rabble-rousing to say something deeper and more meaningful.

Here is a list of five cinematic speeches which encapsulate both the good and bad of football.

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