Thursday, August 9, 2012

Best movie QBs of all-time

The football season is fast-approaching so for no particular reason or than that, it's time to rank the best movie quarterbacks of all-time.

Quarterbacks must be fictional, so QBs from films based on true stories such as "We are Marshall," "Remember the Titans" and "Friday Night Lights" are out of consideration. We'll keep the list to the top 5. Remember this is one man's list. Here we go:

1. Levander "Bird" Williams from "Wildcats" (1986): Played by Mykelti Washington, best known for his role as Forrest Gump's Vietnam buddy, Levander was the man when he finally agreed to play for Coach Goldie Hawn's inner-city rag-tag team in this '80s cult classic. His performance in the city championship game was one for the ages. Real-life comparison: Cam Newton.

2. Reno Hightower from "Best of Times" (1986): Played by Kurt Russell, the film is about a man (Robin Williams) having a mid-life crisis years after dropping a pass from Hightower in the high school game of his life. Hightower is back for a reunion game, but does Williams take advantage of a second chance and make the immaculate reception? One thing's for sure, Russell comes to play. Real-life comparison: Joe Namath.

3. Paul Blake from "Necessary Roughness" (1991): Scott Bakula plays an over-the-hill, 30-something has-been from the country who plays for a small Texas college. The movie's ridiculously bad, but the diminutive Bakula is ridiculously good. Real-life comparison: Doug Flutie.

4. Joe Kane from "The Program" (1993): Speaking of ridiculous, this film about an out-of-control renegade college football program has all the stereotypes and Kane (Craig Sheffer) plays his role of an alcoholic QB with Heisman hopes so bad, it's good. Real-life comparison: Kerry Collins.

5. Johnny Walker from "Johnny Be Good (1988): Another one for the it's-so-bad-it's-good bin. If you can get past that Anthony Michael Hall played a dweeb in "The Breakfast Club" you might - I stress might - think the actor could pass for a QB. I say yes. For those wondering, Hall plays Walker, the nation's top QB recruit, who not very big. Still, he mulls offers and plenty of extra benefits from the big schools before settling on staying home to play for the local college. Real-life comparison: Colt McCoy.

- Mark Podolski | @mpodo


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