Power Ranking the Best Football Coaches From Movies
The NFL season is finally here. To celebrate, we’ve assigned power rankings to the greatest — or not-so-greatest — football coaches in the history of cinema.
By Matt Christensen
19. DAN DEVINE | RUDY | 1993
172-57-9 record as a head coach
In Rudy, Coach Dan Devine gives one of the greatest movie locker room speeches of all time. However, he also blocks poor li’l Rudy Ruettiger’s dream of suiting up for Notre Dame in an actual game. The real-life Devine — he’s one of several fictionalized but actual coaches on our list, two of whom coached the Irish — was understandably pretty pissed that he was portrayed as a villain in the film. Why? As Devine pointed out, the poignant protest Rudy’s teammates initiated in the movie never happened in real life.