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.
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.
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 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.
Henry Winkler's role as Coach Klein came about after he was indirectly mentioned in Adam Sandler's huge hit "The Chanukah Song", where Sandler sang about various Jewish or half-Jewish entertainers. Sandler said, correctly, that the actor who played The Fonz on "Happy Days" is Jewish, and Winkler was thrilled by the reference and contacted Sandler to tell him so. Sandler then decided to ask Winkler if he would read the script for the coach's role, and then say if he wanted to take the part. Winkler did so and immediately signed on to the film.
One of the sports headlines reads "S.C.L.S.U. UPSETS LOUISVILLE 5 - 0". The only way to score 5 points in football is to get a field goal (3 points) and a safety (2 points) implying that the only two players to score in that game would have been Bobby and the kicker, Derek Wallace, who was the only player who never picked on Bobby.