Celebrity women like to date football players, that much is very clear, but there are quite a few celebrities who like the NFL for other reasons. Many celebrities, just like the rest of us non-famous folk, are die-hard fans. Whether they attend the games, rap about their teams, or even buy part of their hometown favorites, here is a list of some of my favorite celeb fans.
Michael Phelps (Baltimore)
A celebrity athlete himself, this guy is a Baltimore boy and a serious Ravens fan. Which is obviously why I put him first. When the Ravens played Pittsburgh in the AFC Championship game in 2009 Phelps was out partying the night before the game wearing a Ravens jersey in Pittsburgh. That was a pretty bold move, Pittsburgh fans are the worst! (I would know, I put up with violent fans for 5 years when I lived there.)
Adam Sandler (Pittsburgh)
Sandler is, unfortunately, a huge Pittsburgh Steelers fan, although I’m not really sure why. Former Steelers head coach Bill Cowher even had a cameo in Sandler’s movie The Waterboy.
George Clooney (Cincinnati)
In an interview about his football movie Leatherheads, Clooney admitted it is frustrating to be a Bengals fan sometimes, and I don’t think this year is going to be any different. Sorry George.
Lil Wayne (Green Bay)
Although there is a remixed version of Wiz Khalifa’s Black and Yellow for nearly every NFL team (I’ll admit, I listen to Black and Purple every week to pump myself up for the Ravens) the only team with the support of a legitimately famous rapper is the Green Bay Packers. Weezy baby showed support for his favorite team by releasing his version, Green and Yellow, shortly before last year’s Super Bowl game. Apparently it helped, since they won!
Will Smith (Philadelphia)
Will Smith grew up in Philadelphia, so he is a long-time Eagles fan. Eagles fans are considered some of the most loyal football fans, so it comes as no surprise that he has supported this team for so long.
Denzel Washington (NY Jets)
Born and raised in New York, Denzel loves the Jets. After filming Remember the Titans, commentators joked that he should help coach the team. He remained a loyal Jets fan even after his son signed with the Rams in 2006.
Jennifer Lopez (Miami)
J. Lo referred to the Dolphins as “we” when talking draft picks with Jay Leno in 2010. This was less than a year after Marc Anthony bought in to become part-owner of the Miami team. I wonder if she is just as a supportive now that she and Marc are no longer together?
Paul Rudd (Kansas City)
Rudd still considers Kansas City home after growing up there and attending the University of Kansas. He is a big Chiefs fan and returns home as often as possible during football season. One of his proudest accomplishments as a professional actor? Narrating the HBO documentary “Hard Knocks” when it focused on the Chiefs training camp.
Condoleezza Rice (Cleveland)
It might shock you to know how much this woman loves the game of football. And she knows a whole lot about it too. Her love of the game comes from her father, a high school football coach. She is not only a Browns fan, but also a die-hard NFL fan; she has not missed watching the Super Bowl since it started in 1967. One year when she was in Jerusalem meeting with Israeli officials she woke up at 2am to see the kickoff. If you’re curious about her dream job – she would love to be NFL commissioner.
Mark Wahlberg (New England)
Marky Mark is an avid Patriots fan, the same way he is an avid fan of any Boston sports team. He has good company – Ben Affleck, Matt Damon and John Krasinski are also Pats fans. These men have all been spotted wearing Patriots gear to support their team.