NFL Rush

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Fast-paced, star-studded series is fun for football fans.

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Educational Value

Being on the sidelines for games gives viewers more awareness of how players and coaches conduct themselves during the action, but overall the show is meant to entertain. 

Positive Messages

Viewers get to see NFL stars on and off the field, learning about their hobbies, meeting their families, and seeing what they do when they're not playing football. Besides being fun to watch, the show reminds kids that these celebrities are regular people when they're not suited up for a game. Some mistakes on the field are mined for laughs many times over.

Positive Role Models & Representations

All the players are gracious around the camera and show their lighter sides in interviews, and the show spotlights their accomplishments and the work it's taken to achieve them. When given the opportunity, many talk about the importance of family and other grounding forces in their lives, showing young fans that fame alone doesn't translate to happiness.  

Violence & Scariness

Game clips show hard hits on the field, but no injuries. 

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Consumerism

Obviously the NFL gets a lot of screen time, and getting to know the players on a more personal level in the show could draw new fans.  

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that NFL Rush is a must-see for young football fans, and its worry-free content makes it a fun choice for families. Viewers get to experience being on the sidelines as cameras capture footage of the players and coaches talking during games. Interviews with the sports stars show their lighter and softer sides, and fans get to learn about their interests away from the gridiron. The show pokes good-natured fun at mistakes and mishaps on the field and often gets young fans in on doing the same. 

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What's the story?

NFL RUSH is a magazine show that compiles game highlights, player interviews, bloopers, and trivia about the league and its stars. Camera footage gives fans the impression that they're sitting on the sidelines overhearing the players and coaches during the game, and Q&A sessions give viewers insight into their favorite athletes' activities off the field. Some segments test viewers' knowledge of the game and its most memorable moments; others put young fans in the broadcast seat to narrate comical clips. 

Is it any good?

Fast-paced and action-packed like the game itself, this show is an NFL fan's VIP pass to an up-close view of the league and its biggest celebrities. It's geared toward kids, but the content is intriguing for fans of any age who feel deflated when the game clock runs out and the players hit the locker room. If you've ever wondered what Russell Wilson, Drew Brees, and other stars do after the stats are tallied, then this is the show for you.

NFL Rush is plenty entertaining, and it celebrates the best aspects of professional sports stars. By letting kids glimpse these athletes in less scripted moments, it also touches on the concept of celebrity and media image in a way that invites discussion. As such, it's a great pick for sports-loving families who want a close-up view of their favorite game and its players. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the similarities and differences in the players' personas when they're on the field and when they're off. To what degree do you think celebrities put on an act for the cameras, even in interviews such as the ones in this show? Can we ever be sure we're seeing a star's real personality at play? Should we expect to? 

  • What inspires these players to greatness? Are they motivated by money, by fame, or by pride? What makes you want to succeed in your endeavors? 

  • What explains our fascination with sports in general and football in particular? What can be learned by competition? Is competition ever a bad thing?  

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