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Ten Best Football Movies of All-Time: Fan's View

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As a New York Jets fan, it's a bit disappointing that players and coaches from my favorite team haven't made more cameos on the big screen in recent years.

Luckily, Rex Ryan is about to change all that with a starring role in Adam Sandler's upcoming comedy, "That's My Boy."

Ryan's hilarious appearance in "That's My Boy" may rank the flick as one of the funniest football-related movies of all-time, ranking high with Sandler classics like "The Waterboy" and "The Longest Yard."

Here's a look back at the top ten greatest football movies of all-time:

1) We Are Marshall: This 2006 football flick, starring Matthew McConaughey, revolved around the resilience of the students and athletes of Marshall University following a horrendous 1970 plane crash that killed 37 players from its football team. I love this story because it's based on true events, making their hopeful journey and battles with adversity even more touching.

2) Friday Night Lights: Billy Bob Thornton was perfectly cast as the coach of a high school team in Texas that battles through economic struggles to make a run at a state championship. One of the finest sports movies in 2004, and perhaps in the top twenty of all-time.

3) Remember The Titans: Denzel Washington starred in this 2000 classic about a team banding together through racial differences.

4) Brian's Song: This 2001 film starring Sean Maher also addresses themes of racial diversity, as it tells the story of a white football player who befriends Chicago Bears running back Gale Sayers.

5) The Blind Side: Sandra Bullock and Quinton Aaron put in stellar performances in 2009's "The Blind Side," which chronicles a poor boy who battles through financial woes and a rough upbringing to become a star on the Baltimore Ravens.

6) The Express: This wonderful 2008 flick centers around the life of Syracuse football player Ernie Davis, who became the first African-American to win the Heisman Trophy. He battled through various forms of discrimination to earn the nod.

7) Invincible: Mark Wahlberg stars as Vince Papale, an unlikely hero who earned a spot on the Philadelphia Eagles in the 1970s.

8) Rudy: "Rudy" is an inspiring story about reaching your dreams and never giving up, regardless of a lack of size. It ranks as one of my all-time favorite movies because it's theme is so inspirational.

9) Any Given Sunday: This 1999 classic featured stellar performances from Al Pacino and Dennis Quaid, as well as fun cameos from New York football legends like Lawrence Taylor and Y.A. Tittle.

10) That's My Boy: Adam Sandler's "That's My Boy" features New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan as a New England Patriots-obsessed attorney who has a Tom Brady bobblehead on his desk. This one has the potential to surpass "The Waterboy" as one Sandler's funniest football flick.

Eric Holden is a lifelong New York Jets fan. Follow him on Twitter @ericholden.

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