Football Movies: M*A*S*H


Most people will not immediately think of the 1970 Robert Altman classic film M*A*S*H as a football movie, but football fans might see why it can make the list. Part of the plot involves the 4077th taking on the 25th Evac. Unit in a game of football. The heroes of the movie soon find out that the 325th has a number of “ringers” on their team with professional football experience, so they get their own, a certain Captain Oliver Harmon “Spearchucker” Jones, played by former NFL player Fred Williamson.

Fred Williamson went on to have a more than successful acting career, starring in a number of movies and guest starring on a number of television shows. The rest of the 325th Evac. team had some familiar faces to football fans on it as well including:

Joe Kapp (Quarterback – Minnesota Vikings, Boston Patriots, BC Lions, Calgary Stampeders)
Tommy Brown (Defensive Back – Green Bay Packers, Washington Redskins)
Buck Buchanan (Linebacker – Kansas City Chiefs – Hall of Fame)
Ben Davidson (Defensive Lineman – Green Bay Packers, Washington Redskins, Oakland Raiders)
Fran Tarkenton (Quarterback – Minnesota Vikings, New York Giants – Hall of Fame)
John Myers (Defensive Lineman – Dallas Cowboys, Philadelphia Eagles)
Jack Concannon (Quarterback – Philadelphia Eagles, Chicago Bears, Green Bay Packers, Detroit Lions)
Howard Williams (Defensive Back – Green Bay Packers, San Francisco 49ers, Oakland Raiders)
John Unitas (Quarterback – Baltimore Colts, San Diego Chargers)

As an added bonus of little known information for football fans, playing the role of one of the referees during the big football game is none other than future head coach of the Baltimore Colts, University of Miami, University of Louisville, and Florida Atlantic University. At the time of the filming of the movie, Schnellenberger was the offensive coordinator of the Los Angeles Rams.

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