By Nick Villano @nick_villano on May 27, 2014
As sports fans, we love to see our favorite actors playing coaches, whether it's Any Given Sunday, the Replacements or We Are Marshall. It seems many of the biggest actors love to try out one of these roles at some time in their careers. What if they became real coaches? These 10 guys would do the best job as a sports coach.
Vince Vaughn is the king of the movie speech. No matter what movie he is in, at some point he has to make a big speech to get the rest of his "team" excited to go through whatever endeavor they are about to embark on. He could be about to join a dodgeball tournament, crash a wedding or fight Ron Burgundy -- regardless, he has a speech for it. Imagine how great his halftime speeches would be.
While there are plenty of other actors who could have been picked, I think Smith has the intangibles to make it happen. He looks like he is athletic enough to be able to lead by example during practice. He is great with his words. He can get mad when the situation dictates it. He would be a great basketball coach.
Based on how scary he was in the movie Taken, I would follow Liam Neeson into any battle he asked me to join him for. I am not sure if he knows how to play any sports, but that won't matter. He would get the team so motivated for any matchup that he could go undefeated in any sport.
Morgan Freeman's voice is one of the most calming things in existence. If everything was going wrong for a team, he is the guy you want in charge to make it seem like it is all going to be okay. He would keep everything in perspective.
This may be the most bizarre pick on this list, but I think Vin Diesel would be a better football coach than anyone. He has the soft-spoken voice to go along with a bad-guy attitude. He can get in your face, which some of these football players need. He can lead by example by being more athletic than some of the players on his team.
A part of being a coach is having corny catchphrases that excite your team. The Rock showed through his time with the WWE that he has a whole arsenal of them. He played a youth football coach in Gridiron Gang, so he has a little experience in the matter. He played college football for Miami with Warren Sapp and even played in the CFL. His experience would be vital to the job.
Samuel L. Jackson showed he can act while leading the Avengers, which is perhaps the most turbulent group of people you could lead. He is a scary guy when he is mad, which will keep the players in line. He may be a little old, but he can still handle the grind. He has a great work ethic, doing five to eight movies every year.
Al Pacino will always end up in this conversation simply for his speech from Any Given Sunday. It could possibly be the greatest speech in the history of movies. He could easily lead any team if he has more speeches like that in his arsenal.
Mark Wahlberg hasn't been in a sports movie since 1995's the Basketball Diaries (unless you count Pain and Gain, which I don't). It might be one of the bigger oversights in Hollywood. He has the look of a coach and has a way of motivating people, even when they are only watching a movie. He would do great as a coach with his smooth talking.
One of Denzel Washington's best performances in his decorated career is when he took on the role of T.C. Williams coach Herman Boone. He is one of the best actors in Hollywood. He can play anything. That includes a coach of any sport. You see him at games, so you assume he knows the rules. He has played a basketball player, a boxer and a head coach. He would kill it as a head coach in real life.
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