The Most Famous Fans of Popular NFL Teams
Imagine you score tickets to see your favorite NFL team in action at the biggest game of the year. Now, imagine you run into Tim McGraw or Bill Murray while you wait in line for a beer. Hey, it could happen!
Football is the most popular sport in America, and the various teams have tons of diehard celebrity fans. From Samuel L. Jackson to Brad Pitt, celebrity sightings are a real possibility at NFL games. Let’s take a look at which teams some of the most famous football fans in the country support.
Chicago Bears - Bill Murray
The Chicago Bears have long been considered one of the most storied franchises in NFL history. From their early domination of the league to having literally the single greatest team of all time — we're looking at you, '85 Bears! — there are many reasons the Bears are so popular.
Atlanta Falcons - Samuel. L Jackson
Atlanta residents aren't necessarily big on professional sports — they are a college SEC city, all the way — but that doesn't mean the Falcons don’t have plenty of fans. In fact, Samuel L. Jackson of Nick Fury Marvel fame (and so much more!) is a hardcore Falcons’ aficionado.
Seattle Seahawks - Chris Pratt
Chris Pratt was born in Minnesota and later moved to Lake Stevens, Washington, where he developed his love for the Seattle team. Even though he is one of the busiest actors in Hollywood these days, he regularly finds time to go to games and tweet notes of congratulations to his favorite players.
Buffalo Bills - Wolf Blitzer
You might wonder why on Earth anyone would be proud to be a Buffalo Bills fan — after all, the team hasn't had a single playoff victory in 23 straight seasons. Still, at least one famous fan has held steady, despite the pain of rooting for a losing team: Wolf Blitzer.
Carolina Panthers - Steph Curry
Steph Curry is an absolute sports phenomenon in his own right. He is considered by many to be the greatest shooter in NBA history, and he was also the first person in the NBA to ever be named MVP by a unanimous vote. Off the court, he’s a HUGE Carolina Panthers fan.
Green Bay Packers - Lil Wayne
With his tattoos, grills and fierce facial expressions, the last thing you might expect to see is Lil Wayne walking around with a big wedge of cheese on his head. Still, as a long-time Packers fan, he has been known to sport the silly hat on more than one occasion.
Philadelphia Eagles - Bradley Cooper
If Philadelphians are anything, they are loyal to their home teams. Fans are known for their diehard (and often rude) fandom — supporting the Eagles, Phillies and Flyers with passion, no matter what. As a Philadelphia native, it makes sense that Bradley Cooper still sticks with all the Birds.
Los Angeles Rams - YG
It's pretty well known that rapper YG is a huge Los Angeles Rams fan. He has been a big supporter of the team for years and often shows up on the sidelines. In 2018, he famously received the game-winning ball from Robert Woods after a 31-yard touchdown.
Dallas Cowboys - LeBron James
LeBron James is basketball royalty. He has won three NBA championships, four NBA MVP Awards, three NBA Finals MVP Awards and two Olympic gold medals. Many fans and experts consider him to be the greatest basketball player of all time. So, when an athlete of his caliber roots for another team, you KNOW they must be good.
Arizona Cardinals - Blake Shelton
Blake Shelton is known for a lot of things, his country music career, his long-standing role as judge on The Voice and his relationship with Gwen Stefani among them. He is also known for being a serious Arizona Cardinals fan. The Oklahoma native says his fandom happened by mistake.
Detroit Lions - Eminem
It's no secret that being a Lions fan is tough. The team has won four championships — but the most recent was all the way back in 1957. Ouch. Additionally, they are one of 12 franchises that has never won a Super Bowl. But none of that stops their most famous fan from showing his support!
Cleveland Browns - Brad Paisley
Back when they started in 1946, the Cleveland Browns dominated. Between 1950 and 1955, they played in the NFL championship game every year and won three times. Unfortunately, they have had an atrocious record pretty much since then. That hasn't stopped a huge and rabid fanbase from showing up week after week to cheer for the Browns.
New England Patriots - Mark Wahlberg
Mark Wahlberg has been super recognizable since way back when he did those half-naked underwear ads for Calvin Klein. These days, he's better known for his acting roles and his successful burger chain than he is for his abs, but one thing has remained the same: his undying love for the New England Patriots.
Indianapolis Colts - David Letterman
Longtime television host David Letterman comes off as more of an intellectual than a sports fan, but he’s still well known for being a loyal supporter of the Indianapolis Colts. In fact, he often used his show as a platform to interview prominent players, such as Peyton Manning and Andrew Luck.
Jacksonville Jaguars - Bill Murray
Bill Murray must really love football. First, he shows up as one of the Chicago Bears' most famous fans, and now he pops up as an avid Jacksonville Jaguars fan. As a Chicago native, Murray and the Bears make sense, but how did he end up supporting a Florida team — especially one like the Jaguars?
San Francisco 49ers - Marisa Miller
Marisa Miller, born and raised in Santa Cruz, has been a life-long 49ers fan. She says she fell in love with the team back in the ‘80s, when she used to watch games with her dad. Her favorite Niners moment was when they defeated the Bengals in Super Bowl XXIII.
Los Angeles Rams - Kendrick Lamar
From Brian Cranston to Magic Johnson, the celebrity support heaped on the Los Angeles Rams is pretty impressive, but Kendrick Lamar has to be their most diehard celebrity fan at the moment. Born and raised in LA, Lamar was a fan of the franchise long before they moved to his hometown.
Houston Texans - The Bush Family
The Bush family is a true Texan dynasty of its own, so it only makes sense the family would support one of the state’s home teams. The Houston Texans were their choice, despite the team being a relatively new franchise. Since the team's inception in 2002, the Bush family has had nothing but love for the organization.
Miami Dolphins - Darius Rucker
Darius Rucker — former frontman for Hootie and the Blowfish and current country music star — was born in Charleston, South Carolina. As a result, you might expect him to be a fan of the Carolina Panthers. Nope, Rucker spends every Sunday rooting for the Dolphins.
Tennessee Titans - Tim McGraw & Faith Hill
Country music power couple Tim McGraw and Faith Hill are serious football fans, but how did they end up rooting for the Titans? Well, with Tim being from Louisiana and Faith being from Mississippi, they had to choose a neutral middle ground. Tennessee won, which makes sense, considering the couple ultimately settled in Nashville.
Kansas City Chiefs - Paul Rudd
Paul Rudd has had a somewhat storied career as an actor, starring in dozens of films, from Anchorman to Ant-Man. His career started back in the ‘80s when he studied theater at the University of Kansas — the same time period when he fell in love with the Chiefs.
New Orleans Saints - Brad Pitt
Brad Pitt is famously a fan of everything New Orleans. Even though he recently sold his house in the French Quarter (post-divorce), he is still an avid fan of the New Orleans Saints and is even friends with the team's long-time quarterback, Drew Brees (a legend in his own right).
New York Giants - Lady Gaga
Lady Gaga isn't really someone you would peg as a football fan, but her love of the New York Giants runs deep. As one of the few women to pop up on our list, Gaga deserves some serious props for her fandom!
New York Jets - Adam Sandler
As another New York native, Adam Sandler had a couple of local choices when deciding which NFL team to support. Somehow, despite the fact that most people in the city tend to root for the New York Giants, he decided to go with the Jets. Brave choice, if not wise.
Oakland Raiders - Ice Cube
Born and raised in Los Angeles during a time when the Raiders were still the hometown team, Ice Cube has been a Raiders fan since childhood. Despite the franchise moving to Oakland in 1994 — and their upcoming move to Las Vegas — Ice remains loyal.
Denver Broncos - Kate Hudson
Kate Hudson has her hand in a lot of different pots: She's a successful actor and mother of three, and she runs a successful fitness wear line and recently dove into the world of alcoholic beverages. On top of that all, she is also one of the most famous Denver Broncos fans out there.
Pittsburgh Steelers - Wiz Khalifa
Fact: The Pittsburgh Steelers are a wreck. In 2018, they let Le’Veon Bell hold out for the entire season, just for spite. His teammates pillaged his locker, and the union reps trash talked him in public. And that's only a fraction of the team’s recent drama!
Baltimore Ravens - Michael Phelps
Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps is famously a native of Baltimore, and he often reps his hometown, perhaps most notably as a huge fan of the Baltimore Ravens. The professional swimmer is often spotted at games, both in private boxes and on the field.
Cincinnati Bengals - Nick Lachey
Nick Lachey — former 98 Degrees frontman and ‘90s heartthrob — doesn't pop up in the news much these days. His music-filled glory days seem to be far behind him, but he is still counted as the Bengals' "most famous" fan. (We're not sure what that says about the team.)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Dick Vitale
Dick Vitale — college basketball broadcaster for ESPN and former coach of the Detroit Pistons — is an absolute legend in the sports world. He is well known for his colorful commentary — with phrases like "That's awesome, baby!" — as well as his infectious enthusiasm and his love of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.