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This film was once the highest grossing sports comedy of all time, while another Adam Sandler vehicle, The Longest Yard (2005) was once the second highest grossing sports comedy of all time.
As of 2010, this is Adam Sandler's highest grossing film at the American box office.
The South Central Muddogs' stadium is the DeLand High School football field in DeLand Florida. The school agreed to let the director use the field if he paid for the stadium to be refurbished after filming.
The inspiration for this movie is a combination of Adam Sandler's song "The Lonesome Kicker" and the "Cajun Man" sketches from Saturday Night Live (1975).
When the film was released in November of 1998 it was preceded by the trailer for Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999). Many Star Wars fans who weren't fans of Adam Sandler paid the full admission price and sat through the trailer, then left the theater.
This film was the highest grossing sports film about football of all time, before being beaten by The Blind Side (2009).
The climactic Bourbon Bowl scene was filmed at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando, FL, however the flyover shown in the film is actually of Williams-Brice stadium at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, SC.
There were two mules trained for this film, Steve and Billy. The mule in the film is Steve. Steve wouldn't "bray excitedly," so when you hear a mule, it is Billy braying.
Final acting role of Jerry Reed.
Most of the extra fans present at the Bourbon Bowl are UCF students.
During an interview with ESPN, LaVar Arrington (LB New York Giants) mentioned that in preparation for his role in the movie, Adam Sandler had visited him at Penn State to watch him practice.
Suzanne Lloyd Hayes, granddaughter of silent screen star Harold Lloyd, filed a $50 million dollar lawsuit against the Walt Disney Company in 2000, claiming that this movie was plagiarized from Lloyd's silent film classic The Freshman (1925). By 2002, the courts had ruled against her.
In the German version, Adam Sandler is not dubbed by Dietmar Wunder as usual. Instead, the German Disney subsidiary used comedian Matthias Knop to perform the dubbing. At the time, Knop was successful with his character "Super-Ritchie" (a kind of extremely dumb-minded version of Superman) and he performed the dubbing in the same manner of speech as his "Super-Ritchie" character. The film was widely panned by critics and audiences alike and the dubbing is regarded as one of the worst in history.
The cheerleaders and outfits were donated by Boone High School in Orlando Florida.

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Frank Coraci:  Bobby's father, Robert.

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