Gavin Brawley’s Top Five Football Films with Santino Hassell

Posted August 18, 2017 by Sophia Rose in Book Tour / 15 Comments

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Howdy, Delighted Readers!

The hero from Santino Hassell’s Illegal Contact has stopped by today to share about his favorite football films.  Any of these make your list, too?

Gavin Brawley’s Top Five Football Films

1 – Remember the Titans. Amazing film based on a true story about a newly integrated high school football team in the 70s.

2 – The Program. A brutally realistic look at the world of college football and a troubled team trying to make it big.

3 – Friday Night Lights. The movie, not the show! Based on a book of the same name, it’s about a high school football team recovering from the loss of their star player and the small town that looks to Friday night games for escape.

4 – Gridiron Gang. A counselor at a juvenile detention center decides to teach the young inmates social skills through football.

5 – Wildcats. This classic Goldie Hawn comedy is a secret pick-me-up for Gavin. His best friend, and star running back, Marcus made him watch it one day, and now Gavin is hooked.


Illegal Contact by Santino Hassell

The rules of the game don’t apply off the field in this first Barons novel. 

New York Barons tight end Gavin Brawley is suspended from the team and on house arrest after a video of him brawling goes viral. Gavin already has a reputation as a jerk with a temper on and off the field—which doesn’t help him once he finds himself on the wrong side of the law. And while he’s been successful professionally, he’s never been lucky when it comes to love.

Noah Monroe is a recent college grad looking for a job—any job—to pay off his mounting student debt. Working as Gavin’s personal assistant/babysitter seems like easy money. But Noah isn’t prepared for the electrifying tension between him and the football player. He’s not sure if he’d rather argue with Gavin or tackle him to the floor. But both men know the score, and neither is sure what will happen once Gavin’s timeout is over…

“Santino Hassell is one of those writers who elevates the male/male romance genre. Illegal Contact delivers his trademark pairing of two gritty, tough and smart-mouthed heroes wrestling each other into romantic submission. Like everything Santino writes, it’s sexy and rough, with swoon-worthy high points that feel earned.”

–Christopher Rice, New York Times bestselling author

Illegal Contact is full of Hassell’s trademark grit and whip-smart dialogue, and is easily his most romantic book to date. Readers will fall in love with the Barons!”

–Megan Erickson, USA Today bestselling author

Illegal Contact is a compelling, powerful story of two men getting exactly what they need. Santino Hassell’s turns his observant gaze on the world of football, and sports romance will never be the same again. This wise, sexy story is sports romance as you’ve never read it before.”

–Sarina Bowen, USA Today bestselling author


Santino Hassell was raised in Brooklyn by a strict Catholic family, but he was anything but traditional. He grew up to be a smart-mouthed, school-cutting grunge kid, then a transient twenty-something, and eventually transformed into an unlikely romance author.

Santino writes queer romance that is heavily influenced by the gritty, urban landscape of New York City, his belief that human relationships are complex and flawed, and his own life experiences.

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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Debbie Haupt
Debbie Haupt
5 years ago

Thanks for sharing Sophia Rose

Sophia Rose
5 years ago
Reply to  Debbie Haupt

You betcha, Debbie! 🙂

Rachel @Waves of Fiction

I think I watched Wildcats a very long time ago. I really want to see Friday Night Lights, both the movie and the series. Heard great things about the series. Wow, I’ve seen a lot of love for this book and I’m kicking myself for not grabbing a copy when offered. 🙂

Sophia Rose
5 years ago

I still want to watch Friday Night Lights.

5 years ago

I always enjoy books that have sports as the focus, and as a Dallas fan, I like to watch football games and watch sports movies all the time. One of my faves was Any Given Sunday and Remember the Titans as well. Hugs and Happy Saturday!

Sophia Rose
5 years ago
Reply to  RO

Remember the Titans is a fav movie for me, too. Neato that you love football for realsies, too, Radiant Ro!

Sophia Rose
5 years ago

Well worth taking the plunge, Geybie. 🙂

5 years ago

I don’t think I’ve watched any of these. Growing up I rarely watched movies, nowadays we watch more movies, but not many sports themed ones.

Sophia Rose
5 years ago
Reply to  Lola

There are lots of good sports ones, but I definitely have to be in the mood just like with reading. Hope you get the chance to try a few. 🙂

Alyssa Susanna
5 years ago

Friday Night Lights… the movie? Yikes. I didn’t know there was a Friday Night Lights movie. 😀 I did like the show though. I’ve not read anything by Santino but I’ve heard such great things about his books. Lovely post, Sophia!

Have a fabulous week. =)

Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

Sophia Rose
5 years ago
Reply to  Alyssa Susanna

I still haven’t watched either the movie or the TV show, but maybe someday… I’m so bad about movies.

This was my first book by him and it was worthy of the excited chatter. 🙂

You have a great week, too, Alyssa!

Carole's Random Life
5 years ago

I think that only movie on this list that I have seen is Friday Night Lights which I did enjoy. I love football so I am surprised that I haven’t seen more of them. This book does sound like one to try.

Sophia Rose
5 years ago

One of these days I’ll watch Friday Night Lights.

Oh yes, definitely worth it, Carole. 🙂

Angie Elle
5 years ago

I have not seen any of these movies. But if they’re on Gavin’s list, they’re on my list! LOL

Thanks for sharing!

Sophia Rose
5 years ago
Reply to  Angie Elle

Haha, I’ve watched 4 of them. Remember the Titans is my favorite. Gavin has great taste.