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Every NFL Team’s Biggest Celebrity Fan

by: Esteban On  Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Tags:  Celebrities   Fans   Football   NFL  

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The NFL, as everyone knows, is the biggest pro sports league in the world. Sure, no one outside North America really knows anything about it, but 20 of the 30 most valuable sports franchises in the world are NFL teams, and all 32 teams are in the top 50. Even the Jaguars.

So in economic terms, yeah, the NFL is tops. And in the United States, at least, the NFL is tops culturally, too. Baseball may be America’s pastime, but the NFL is everywhere, from politics and business to arts and entertainment. In fact, it’s so pervasive that every NFL team has at least one famous fan. Even the Jaguars.

Don’t believe it? Here’s a list to prove it. You probably know about some of these famous NFL fans already, but others may surprise you.

And the rankings? Well, they are based not so much on the total level of star power in a given team’s fanbase, but according to how surprised I was while doing my research. (Which is to say, they’re subjective, so relax.)

Let’s get started, shall we?

 

32. Buccaneers – Dick Vitale

buccaneers fan dick vitale and wife

Yep, New Jersey native and Lakewood Ranch, Florida, resident Dick Vitale is the Bucs’ biggest fan. And he’s the Rays’ biggest fan, too. In fact, Dick Vitale might just be the only famous person from or living anywhere near Tampa, Florida.*

*Okay, that’s not true. Dwight Gooden, Fred McGriff, and Gary Sheffield are all from Tampa. How ironic that such a terrible baseball town produces so much baseball talent.

 

31. Jaguars – Gene Hackman

jaguars fan gene hackman

To be honest with you, I’m surprised Jacksonville has even one famous fan, let alone one of the greatest actors of his generation. I mean, at least the weather is nice in Tampa, so people move there when they get old. What does Jacksonville have going for it?

 

30. Cardinals – John McCain

cardinals fan john mccain watching game

I heard the guys from Jimmy Eat World like the Cardinals. But since only people between the ages of 30 and 40 know who they are (they’re a band that was popular in the early 2000s), I decided to go with John McCain.

 

29. Texans – George H. W. Bush and George W. Bush

texans fans george h. w. bush and george w. bush

And speaking of ex-politicians, how about President Bush I and President Bush II? The former relocated to Houston for business in the 50s, and the latter was raised there. Hence, they’re huge Texans fans.

 

28. Browns – Condoleeza Rice

browns fan condoleeza rice

Drew Carey is a big Cleveland Browns fan. However, as Secretary of State, Condoleeza Rice used to be fourth in line for the Presidency of the United States. Being the host of The Price Is Right only makes you eight in line. So Condi wins.

 

27. Bills – Donald Trump

bills fan donald trump

Supposedly, Donald Trump claims to be a Bills fan because they are the only NFL team that actually plays their games within the State of New York. However, it’s hard to imagine the Donald would ever actually go to Buffalo.

Sadly, the Bills’ biggest celebrity fan used to be the late Tim Russert.

 

26. Dolphins – Fergie

dolphins fans and owners fergie and jennifer lopez

It’s unclear if the Dolphins have any real celebrity fans, or just the typical Miami bandwagon types. We do know, however, that Fergie here owns a tiny fraction of the Fins, as does J-Lo, Marc Anthony, and Serena Williams. (I gave Fergie-Ferg the nod over the others because she actually has a Dolphins jersey.)

 

25. Titans – Faith Hill & Tim McGraw

titans fan faith hill watching game

Nashville native Vince Gill is also a Titans fan supposedly, but Faith Hill > Vince Gill, so I gave the honors to the country music power couple.

 

24. Rams – Nelly

rams fan nelly with rams mascot

I imagine other famous St. Louis natives (like Jon Hamm, who is a noted Cardinals and Blues fan) might be fans of the Rams, but Nelly is still their most famous celebrity fan.

Well, most famous for being a fan. Not most famous in general. I’d say Hamm has easily surpassed the rapper in that regard.

 

23. Raiders – MC Hammer

raiders fan mc hammer on the field

Word has it that Hammer goes across the Bay to root for the 49ers every once in a while, which some might say disqualifies him as a Raiders fan. However, I don’t blame him. Everybody needs a break from losing now and then.

Honorable Mention: Ice Cube

 

22. Chargers – Chuck Liddell

chargers fan chuck liddell

The internet says UFC legend Chuck Liddell has been seen tailgating outside Chargers games. And given that he was born and currently resides in Southern California, that would make sense.

 

21. Colts – Rob Lowe

colts fan rob lowe

I don’t know if Rob Lowe became a Colts fan when Peyton Manning made them respectable, or if he was just getting into character for Parks and Recreation (in which he plays a guy from Indianapolis), or what. But he’s a Colts fan and, as we all learned a few years ago when Lowe incorrectly tweeted that Peyton Manning was going to retire, a good friend of team owner Jim Irsay.

Honorable Mention: David Letterman

 

20. Saints – Ellen Degeneres

Yep, the nicest person in the world is from New Orleans, and she’s a big Saints fan.

 

 

19. Broncos – Trey Parker & Matt Stone

broncos fans trey parker and matt stone

Anyone who watches South Park knows these Denver natives are big fans of the NFL and the Broncos in particular—though that doesn’t mean either gets spared their satire.

 

18. Ravens – Michael Phelps

ravens fan michael phelps

The greatest swimmer of all-time is from Baltimore, and everyone from Baltimore loves the Ravens.

Honorable Mention: Stacey Kiebler, Josh Charles (a.k.a. “that guy from Sports Night and The Good Wife“)

 

17. Jets – Adam Sandler

jets fans adam sandler and ray romano

Apparently Jay-Z is a Jets fan, too, but we all know he’s too good for the Rex and the gang. Thus, I decided to go with somebody who makes movies about as good as the Jets play football.

Honorable Mention: Ray Romano, obviously

 

16. Bears – Ashton Kutcher

bears fan ashton kutcher with jay cutler

Vince Vaughn is also a Bears fan, and I’m pretty sure everyone (except Mila Kunis) likes him better than Ashton Kutcher. However, it seems like Vaughn is a bigger Blackhawks fan than Bears fan, and Ashton is at Bears games all the time. So he gets the honor here.

 

15. 49ers – Owen Wilson

49ers fan owen wilson

I actually don’t know if Owen Wilson is a 49ers fan, or if this was just one time when he wore the free swag the team gave him. Still, I couldn’t find any photographic evidence of the other supposed celebrity 49ers fans—like Robin Williams and Dana Carvey—so Owen Wilson it is.

 

14. Steelers – Wiz Khalifa

steelers fan wiz khalifa at heinz field

How low is President Obama’s approval rating right now? So low that I decided to go with a guy named “Wiz” here instead of the President of the United States. (Also, in fairness to Wiz, Obama never wrote and performed a rap song called “Black and Gold” about the Steelers. At least, I don’t think he did.)

 

13. Redskins – Tom Cruise

Redskins fan Tom Cruise on field with team

Seriously, how much more do you hate the Washington Racial Slurs now that you know Tom Cruise is their biggest celebrity fan?

Honorable Mentions: Matthew McConaughey, Wolf Blitzer, Bill Nye (The Science Guy)

 

12. Seahawks – Snoop Dogg

Seahawks fan Snoo Dogg hanging out on the field

Snoop Dogg is also a big fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers, but more recently he’s also become a fan of the Seahawks—apparently because he and coach Pete Carroll are BFFs. Which is weird.  

Intertestingly, people have also said Drew Carey has become a Seahawks fan. However, it’s unclear whether that is true, or if people are just getting confused because, as owner of the Seattle Sounders of the MLS, he’s often seen hanging around at CenturyLink Field wearing navy and lime green.

 

11. Falcons – Usher

falcons fans usher and big boi

If Usher isn’t the most famous citizen of Atlanta, I don’t know how is. (Sorry, Big Boi.)

 

10. Giants – Katy Perry

giants fan katy perry

The Giants surely have tons of celebrity fans. But not all of them went to the Super Bowl dressed like this.

Well done, Katy Perry.

Honorable Mentions: Lady Gaga, Bon Jovi, Spike Lee, Tracy Morgan

 

9. Lions – Eminem

detroit lions fan eminem

Come on. Duh.

Honorable Mention: Kid Rock

 

8. Cowboys – Carrie Underwood

dallas cowboys fan carrie underwood

Since they’re “America’s Team” (barf), the Cowboys have tons of celebrity fans. However, Carrie Underwood gets the honor here because she actually went so far as to date Tony Romo. And she’s hot.

Honorable Mention: Jamie Foxx

 

7. Vikings – Prince

vikings fan prince in luxury box

Did you know Prince is from Minneapolis? Well, he is. And apparently “Purple Rain” is all about the Vikings.*

*I made this up. It’s probably not true.

 

6. Patriots – Mark Wahlberg

patriots fan mark wahlberg with robert kraft

Pretty much every famous person from Boston is a Patriots fan. Matt Damon, Tyler Perry, John Krasinski, Conan O’Brien—you name it. (Not Denis Leary, though. Apparently this Bruins and Red Sox die hard decided to be a Packers fan as a kid just to piss off his older brother, which is kind of awesome.)

In any case, the coolest celebrity fan of the Patriots has to be Mark Wahlberg, mostly because wears pretty much nothing but vintage Pats gear.

 

5. Packers – Lil Wayne

packers fan lil wayne wearing cheese head hat

This is pretty much the greatest photograph of the 21st century. Seriously, stop taking pictures right now. There’s no point.

Honorable Mentions: Justin Timberlake, and the aforementioned Denis Leary.

4. Bengals – George Clooney

Bengals fan George Clooney wearing Bengals t-shirt

No, George Clooney didn’t walk of Mount Olympus, ladies, but he is from that other cradle of Western Civilization: Cincinnati.

Seriously. He’s a big Bengals fan.

Honorable Mention: Nick Lachey

 

3. Eagles – Bradley Cooper

eagles fan bradley cooper

The biggest celebrity Eagles fan? How about Bradley Cooper, a.k.a. the New George Clooney?

And no, I’m not an idiot whose just confused because Cooper played a huge Eagles fan in Silver Linings Playbook. He actually is from Philly, and he actually is an Eagles fan.

 

2. Panthers – Brooklyn Decker

Yep, Andy Roddick’s Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue wife, Brooklyn Decker, is a Panthers fan. Why? Because she grew up just outside Charlotte.

 

1. Chiefs – Brad Pitt

Seriously. The Chiefs are number one. Having Brad Pitt alone would be pretty good, but they can also count the brilliant Paul Rudd and Eric Stonestreet (a.k.a. Cam from Modern Family) among their fans. Pitt grew up in Springfield in southwest Missouri, while Rudd and Stonestreet both grew up near KC.

That’s a pretty good lineup. Who knew?

 




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