Are you ready for some football? We know we are because we’re holding out hope that last year’s Nike see-through pantalones have a second-season commitment. So in honor of jockstraps everywhere, we’re taking a closer look at Hollywood-sports-themed hotness. We hate to narrow things down when it comes to hot men (and whenever jockstraps are involved), but because there are so many options (Paul Newman in Slapshot, Coach’s Craig T. Nelson, our beloved Goldie in Wildcats), we had to limit our list to the Top 10 men from the last decade or so that deserve a place in our bed, um, record books.
Denzel Washington as Herman Boone in Remember The Titans (2000)
Race relations seem to be at the root of many a sports-themed movie, and we’re all for great life lessons…especially when they’re served up with some Denzel deliciousness.
Keanu Reeves as Conor O’Neill in Hardball (2001)
Say what you will of his acting chops, but he’s ever-so-easy on the eyes and when we were forced to play Little League as kids we sure wished our coaches were this dreamy.
Bart Johnson as Jack Bolton in High School Musical (2006)
Seven years ago it was still too creepy to crush on Zac (unless you were a tween), so we set our sights on his we’d-hit-that dad…who also happened to be the high school’s basketball coach.
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson as Sean Porter in Gridiron Gang (2006)
This musclebound man probably sparks all kinds of prison fantasies as it is, but this flick really put him in the clink as the coach and mentor to a rag-tag team of misfit-inmates.
Josh Lucas as Don Haskins in Glory Road (2006)
Just try not to crush on Lucas in this serious sports film about—you guessed it—racial tensions. If he were our college b-ball coach, we’d totally hang around the locker room naked waiting to get snapped with a towel. Oh, wait…we did do that.
Kyle Chandler as Eric Taylor in Friday Night Lights (2006-2011)
If we had to commit our Friday nights in front of tube to obsess about football and Texas, thank goddess, we had Chandler to leer at as the fiery, compassionate, and cute-as-a-button coach of the high school gridiron club (that’s football, people).
Dennis Quaid as Ben Schwartzwalder in The Express (2008)
Based on the real life of Ernie Davis, the first African-American Heisman trophy winner, this inspiring tale gets much of its heart and hotness from coach can-we-age-like-him-please Quaid.
Thomas Jane as Ray Drecker in Hung (2009-2011)
Two shorts weeks ago, we pointed out our lust for Jane, but we never mentioned that he was not only teacher and a ho, but also a high school baseball coach too. Batter up indeed. We’ve proud of his, um, multi-tasking.
Gerald Butler as George in Playing For Keeps (2012)
Let’s just forget how terrible this movie (that word’s used loosely) was and just remember Butler in soccer shorts. Yeah, that works for us, too.
Christopher Meloni as Leo Durocher in 42 (2013)
Okay, Meloni played more manager than coach in this 40s-era-Jackie-Robinson-faces-