College Football’s Biggest Celebrity Fans ft. Will Ferrell, Matthew McConaughey - Lost Lettermen

College Football’s Biggest Celebrity Fans ft. Will Ferrell, Matthew McConaughey

July 28th, 2014| by

  • Kate Upton (Michigan)

    When they’re not busy making movies, writing songs and appearing in photo shoots, these A-listers (and perhaps a few B- and C-Listers) can usually be spotted on college football sidelines. Here’s a look at college football’s biggest celebrity fans.

    Sports Illustrated swimsuit model Upton is a Michigan fan through and through, returning for an annual family reunion for the Ohio State game. Her state allegiance doesn’t stop at football either as her relationship with Detroit Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander is well noted.

  • Matthew McConaughey (Texas)

    The UT alum has long been noted as a Longhorns devotee, and the school certainly paid back in kind when McConaughey won his first Oscar back in March. Former coach Mack Brown, current coach Charlie Strong and the University of Texas itself all tweeted their congratulations as McConaughey took home his statue.

  • Will Ferrell (USC)

    Hollywood funnyman Ferrell is a vehement supporter of his former college stomping grounds (where he actually received a degree in sports information). A regular presence on the sidelines at football games and practices, Ferrell has even dressed up as Tommy Trojan.

  • Snoop Dogg (USC)

    Thanks to its Hollywood-adjacent locale, USC doesn’t lack for celebrity fans. Snoop Dogg has long been an avid Trojans fan and might get even more reason to show off his USC pride. His son, Cordell Broadus, is a 4-star wide receiver recruit in the class of 2015 who says USC is one of his top-five prospective schools. This could soon be a family affair.

  • Courteney Cox (Alabama)

    Born in Birmingham and raised in Mountain Brook, Cox has Crimson Tide in her blood. The “Friends” and “Cougar Town” star once appeared in a promo video before the 2010 BCS National Championship Game, sending her Tide good vibes before they defeated Texas at the Rose Bowl.

  • Eric Stonestreet (Kansas State)

    Emmy Award-winning actor Stonestreet is a Kansas State alum, making the rooting choice easy for the Kansas City, KS native. Among his involvements with the program, the “Modern Family” actor once appeared on “College GameDay” in 2011 in a full K-State jumpsuit.

  • Burt Reynolds, Florida State

    It’s easy for Reynolds to declare his fandom for Florida State, as he played halfback for the Seminoles in the ’50s. Reynolds didn’t forget his football roots when he became an actor, starring as Paul Crewe in The Longest Yard and appearing as Nate Scarborough in the revival.

  • John Legend (Ohio State)

    While “All of Me” was written for Legend’s supermodel wife Chrissy Teigen, it could double as his love letter to Ohio State. The UPenn grad is a Springfield, OH, native who proudly and openly roots for the Buckeyes. Plus, is there a cooler piano than the one Legend has plastered in buckeye and Ohio State stickers?

  • Ashton Kutcher (Iowa)

    The Cedar Rapids native and University of Iowa alum has sometimes been too big a Hawkeyes fan for his own good. In 2010, Kutcher and then-wife Demi Moore were tied to NCAA recruiting violations when Iowa allowed basketball recruits to meet the couple at a football game.

  • Kenny Chesney (Tennessee)

    One of country music’s biggest stars, Chesney is a native Tennessean who’s been a devout Rocky Top supporter since childhood. Chesney shows more than spirit, too. His philanthropy efforts include releasing the limited-edition single “Touchdown Tennessee” as a tribute to Vols football broadcaster John Ward.

  • James Carville (LSU)

    Carville is an accomplished political strategist and commentator, a professor, an author and an ex-Marine, but the Rajin’ Cajun’s priorities arguably lie first and foremost with Tiger football. A native and lifelong Louisianan, Carville graduated from LSU in the ’70s and has been a die-hard LSU football fan ever since.

  • Regis Philbin (Notre Dame)

    Entertainment industry legend Philbin is known just as much for his talk-show resume as he is for his Irish fandom. The Notre Dame alum is such a diehard that he recorded the audiobook for Echoes of Notre Dame Football: Great and Memorable Moments of the Fighting Irish. Reeg also welcomed several Fighting Irish coaches as guests on his show, such as Lou Holtz, Tyrone Willingham and Charlie Weis.

  • Adam Duritz (California)

    It’s hard to call the Counting Crows frontman a Cal fan as much as he is a musician who moonlights as a college football insider. Duritz’s loyalties to the program lie so deep and strong that he is an active reader and poster on recruiting sites and sometimes guests as a pregame and halftime analyst for Golden Bears broadcasts.

  • Larry the Cable Guy (Nebraska)

    When Larry the Cable Guy isn’t gittin-r-done as a comedian, he’s paying close attention to Big Red football. The Nebraska native is a regular presence at Huskers games and practices, even being allowed to guest-coach a time or two. Larry takes Nebraska football with him wherever he goes — “Huskers” is written across his signature camo hat and he often sports an “N” chain necklace.

  • Joe Scarborough (Alabama)

    Scarborough is a Georgia native and was a Florida congressman, but sometimes nothing can get in the way of undergrad allegiance. The “Morning Joe” host spent his college years in Tuscaloosa, where he developed an unbreakable bond to the Crimson Tide. He often gives shout-outs to the program on his show and has hosted the program from the University of Alabama several times.

  • David Letterman (Ball State)

    Letterman will retire from his late-night post next year, but surely his Ball State fandom will never die. A noted benefactor to his alma mater’s telecommunications department, Letterman even has a building named after him on campus. Sure, his program isn’t as high-profile as him, but he remains an avid fan.

  • Luther Campbell (Miami)

    The music and entertainment industry vet of “2 Live Crew” fame has had a dicey history with the U, allegedly operating the “pay-for-play” system that rewarded players for big plays. He also threatened to come clean about violations if the school did not start Ryan Collins at quarterback in 1993. It’s been a morally ambiguous fandom, but an intense one nonetheless.

  • Ric Flair (South Carolina)

    Close friends with Steve Spurrier, “Nature Boy” has moved his allegiance from the Florida Gators to the South Carolina Gamecocks. Of course these two are friends…

  • Channing Tatum (Alabama)

    Alabama native Tatum made it known in a recent interview that when it comes to the Iron Bowl rivalry, his foot is staunchly in the Crimson Tide’s camp. Of course, one needn’t look any further than the average paparazzi photo of the 22 Jump Street star to know where his loyalties lie: firmly in Tuscaloosa.

  • Dwayne Johnson (Miami)

    It’s common knowledge now that “The Rock” was a highly recruited defensive tackle who helped lead the Hurricanes to their 1991 national title. Throughout his wrestling career and into his acting career, Johnson has remained a steadfast supporter of “The U” and his hometown Miami.

  • Bill Cosby (Temple)

    Long before becoming one of the most revered comedians ever, Cosby had humble beginnings as a football and track athlete at Temple. Cosby played fullback with the Owls in the early 1960s. He dropped out before earning his degree, but the school eventually gave him a Bachelor’s on the basis of “life experience” and he has repaid them with intense fandom of all things Temple.

  • John Mellencamp (Indiana)

    How intense is Mellencamp’s fandom for Indiana football? Just enough for him to be the lead donor for the $6 million Hoosiers’ indoor training facility, dedicated as the “John Mellencamp Pavilion” in 1996. The singer-songwriter doesn’t have to travel far to visit his creation, as he resides just outside of Bloomington.

  • Tom Arnold (Iowa)

    Arnold has tried long and hard to be known as more than a marriage-to-Roseanne-Barr punchline, and one way has been branding himself as the foremost Iowa Hawkeyes fan. After attending the school in the early 1980s, Arnold has been an ardent fan, often promoting the Hawkeyes as the former host of the former “The Best Damn Sports Show Period.”

  • Toby Keith (Oklahoma)

    Yes, Keith was made in America. But more specifically, he was made in Oklahoma and is often seen showing his allegiance to the Sooners. Besides being a regular presence at football games, Keith released “Cryin’ for Me (Wayman’s Song)” as a tribute to his friend and Sooners basketball legend Wayman Tisdale.

  • Rush Limbaugh (Nebraska)

    Whether or not fans want to associate with him, the fact remains Limbaugh is a steadfast supporter of the Big Red. His forays into football haven’t always been successful (see: his stint on “Sunday NFL Countdown”) but his support and fandom are unquestioned.

  • Rich Homie Quan (Michigan State)

    Rich Homie Quan became a Spartan fan out of mid-air, but he appears here to stay. His song “Some Type of Way” became MSU’s team anthem during the 2013 season. Dantonio then gave a shout out to the rapper after winning the Big Ten championship. Before long he was on the sidelines and in the locker room with the Spartans, celebrating their Rose Bowl victory.




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