''Necessary Roughness'' is a 1991 film starring Scott Bakula as Paul Blake, a former high school football star who gave up his dreams of playing [[UsefulNotes/CollegiateAmericanFootball college ball]] and probably going on to the pros to stay home and run the family farm after the death of his father. When the Texas State University football team, the Fighting Armadillos, becomes involved in a scandal resulting in almost the entire team being expelled or disqualified, the new coaches must assemble a team from the ragtag group of goofballs willing to join... and the now thirty-plus Blake, lured to college and the team by the idea of finally putting to rest his dreams of what might have been.

It falls on Blake, as quarterback, and Coach Eddie "Straight Arrow" Gennero (Hector Elizondo) - a former big-time college coach lured to Texas State with the promise of building a program from the ground up, with no booster interference - to try and turn this strange group of nobodies into a {{Band of Brothers}}, while the entire time the team is under the baleful eye of [[DeanBitterman Dean Elias]], who hates college sports teams and wants any excuse to destroy the team and get rid of football forever. (Yeah, in ''{{Texas}}''. As you can imagine, [[SarcasmMode he's quite the popular guy]].) Along the way he falls for one of his teachers, journalism professor Suzanne Carter, with whom he turns out to have a past of which he was completely unaware.

The film averts one of the major underdog sports movie tropes. See, turns out that assembling a ragtag team of weirdos who have never played football ''doesn't'' suddenly rocket you to success and send you to the finals. The Armadillos have an absolutely terrible season, and in the end the final game isn't about winning the championships... it's about winning their pride and dignity instead.

Not to be confused with [[Series/NecessaryRoughness the USA network show of the same name.]]
!!This film provides examples of:

* AluminumChristmasTrees: Coach Gennero's appearance on Creator/{{ESPN}} is played like he's been exiled from coaching. In real life, broadcasting is a standard fallback job for coaches between jobs. Some, like Jimmy Johnson, Bill Cowher and Jeff Van Gundy, have chosen to stay in broadcasting, rather than pursue other coaching opportunities.
* ArtisticLicenseSports: The scene where the referee gives up trying to tally all the penalties Samurai racked up when he punched out half the opposing offense: In reality, the other team would only be allowed to take one of the penalties, not all of them (not to mention Samurai would've been ejected from the game before the ref even started talking). Averted in the "take one of the penalties" sense, in that the ref finally gives up on the long list and ends with "15 yards, first down!" ...which is what the infraction would have given in real life (though, again, Samurai would be ejected.)
** Averted with Blake. Since he never went to college, his eligibility clock never started. Several RealLife older football players (Chris Weinke, Brandon Weeden) have had successful college football careers (this was usually after they had given up being professional baseball players; though this would make them ineligible to play baseball in college, they can still play football just fine.)
*** Andre might be another matter. He's a graduate student, thus in real life he probably would not have the eligibility the movie claims he has.
*** Players do occasionally have eligibility while pursuing graduate studies. Andre may have graduated in less than four years or could have been a medical redshirt at some point and gained an extra year of eligibility.
* BerserkButton: You can insult Blake. You can call him names. You can even pour beer on him. But don't insult his center.
** Said center has to be held back by the entire team when an opposing player cheap shots Lucy. (Fortunately she can fight her own battles - see GroinAttack below.)
* BigWordShout: The announcer shouting "SHIIIT!" after the team's 8th loss.
* BodyguardCrush: Manumana for Lucy.
* TheBigGuy: Manumana, Blake's giant Samoan center. According to him, it means "runt of the litter", and the other men in his family are even bigger. He's also given the IronicNickname "Manumana the Slender".
* BlackAndNerdy: Sinbad as Andre Krimm, a former player who gave up the team to focus on academics. Blake lures him back. He has a hell of a tackle.
--> "Andre does not eat raw meat. Because Andre is a vegetarian."\\
"[[DeadpanSnarker Eat whatever the hell you want, Andre]]."
* TheCameo: Several NFL legends (including Dick Butkus, Tony Dorsett, Herschel Walker, and Earl Campbell, just to name a few) and a pro boxer (Evander Holyfield) appear as inmates when the team plays a "scrimmage" against a local prison.
* ChekhovsGunman: Charlie Banks, the only surviving past Armadillo, catches Paul's "tryout" throw. [[spoiler:When they try the 2 point conversion in the last game, he catches the winning throw, even wearing the number of Paul's old throwing dummy.]]
* ConscienceMakesYouGoBack: Lampshaded when Paul realizes he can't just walk away from the team due to a few personal problems, since Jarvis was about to do the same.
* DeanBitterman: Dean Phillip Elias. Believes sports have no place at college. Fine in itself, but he's willing to use every dirty trick in the book, including breaking all conceivable ethical guidelines, to get rid of college football.
* DownToTheLastPlay: The Kansas game comes down to Lucy having to make a field goal in heavy rain as time expires just to tie, while the Texas game comes down to one last shot at the end zone with the Armadillos down seven points. Coach Gennero sends in Coach Rigg's gimmick play, and it works, and then lets Blake set up a fake extra point kick to go for the win.
* ExpospeakGag: Gennero is hospitalized, and later is told what happened in technical terms... but it's just indigestion.
* FiveManBand
** TheHero: Blake
** TheLancer: Samurai
** TheBigGuy: Manumana
** TheSmartGuy: Andre
** TheChick: Lucy
** TheMentor: Coach Gennero
** KidAppealCharacter: Edison
* GeniusBruiser: Andre, a massive, powerful lineman who went to Texas State on a football and ''chemistry'' scholarship. He ended up quitting football in favor of academics
* GloryDays: Blake's high school football years are this, but his father died and he gave up college years before to run the farm.
* GroinAttack[=/=]IronicEcho: A big player on an opposing team knocks Lucy down after the game and dismissively says, "Welcome to football!" She kicks him hard, angrily saying, "Welcome to foot...''[[{{Pun}} ball!]]''"
* HandshakeRefusal: Done both ways at the start of the Texas game; after the coin toss, the referee tells both sets of team captains to shake hands -- and no one on either side moves a muscle. Both groups simply glare at each other, and walk off.
* HeroOfAnotherStory: The story of Charlie Banks, the only player on the original team ''not'' to be banned from football, and how he not only persisted in the sport despite his obvious athletic shortcomings, all the way to catching the winning reception, would have made a fine movie in and of itself.
* HonorBeforeReason: He's called Eddie "Straight Arrow" Gennero for a reason.
* HypocriticalHumor: After the bar fight:
-->'''Sheriff''': "Brawl? There ain't no brawl."
-->'''Dean Elias''': "First of all, it's 'there ''isn't'' any brawl'. Second, what do you mean there ain't no brawl?!"
* JerkJock: Most of the Armadillos avert this, either by being good people or not being jocks. (Or at least, football jocks.) Their rival team, however, is made up of this. Their star linebacker, "Flat-Top", could probably provide the trope page image.
* LargeHam: Jim Kelly in his cameos.
* LaserGuidedKarma: Flat-Top antagonized the Armadillos at the bar by insulting Manumanu. On the game-ending two-point attempt, [[spoiler: Manumanu absolutely ''destroys'' Flat-Top]].
** Dean Elias spends the entire movie trying to end the football program. During the final game, he approaches Chancellor Purcell, having taken it upon himself to re-grade the team's exams on his own curve. Blake spots this activity on the sidelines, and calls a play that sends both teams plowing straight over the Dean, who's left trampled, and somehow holding the football. Purcell puts a bow on the whole thing by telling Elias:
---> "By the way, you're fired."
** Then the final scene of the movie has the Armadillo mascot point a gun at the defeated Elias' head. His only response is an "Of course this happens" eyeroll.
* LoopholeAbuse: [[TruthInTelevision There really]] ''[[TruthInTelevision isn't]]'' [[TruthInTelevision a rule]] that says a woman can't play college football -- and there actually have been a few female kickers at the college level in RealLife.
* MeaningfulEcho: When Blake is practicing throwing passes in the beginning of the movie, he uses an old football target with the jersey number 88. Later, [[spoiler:when he throws the game-winning extra point pass, guess what number Charley Banks, the receiver, wears?]]
* NoCommunitiesWereHarmed: Texas State is basically the University of North Texas (where the movie was mostly shot) with the SerialNumbersFiledOff. However, the backstory for TSU is basically that of Southern Methodist University, the only school in NCAA history to receive the "Death Penalty"[[note]]A complete shutdown of the program for an entire season. Which became two seasons because SMU didn't have enough eligible players when the ban was lifted. It may not seem like all that significant, but to put it in perspective, it took over 20 years before the SMU football program recovered enough to even be a blip on the radar in regards to championships and prestige.[[/note]] for football. Meanwhile, the Armadillos' rival Texas Colts are an expy of what most people probably think of the Texas Longhorns.
* OpposingSportsTeam: The Texas Colts
* PrecisionFStrike: During an attempt at a RousingSpeech.
** The announcer shouting "SHIIIT!" after the team's 8th loss.
* ThePromise: As the Armadillos set up the final play of the movie, it's actually the last line of the movie not spoken by the announcer:
--> '''Manumanu''': ''(about [[JerkJock Flat-Top]])'' "Mr. Blake. He'll never touch you."\\
''(cue dramatic music)''
-->(Manu hits him so hard, his face mask flies off)(doubles as a FreezeFrameBonus)
* PunchPunchPunchUhOh: Blake gives Flat Top a one-two punch in the face after the latter insults his center. Flat Top is barely fazed (like he just got splashed with a faceful of cold water), prompting an utterance of [[OhCrap "oh, Lord"]] from someone off-camera just before the ensuing [[BarBrawl bar brawl]].
* RagtagBunchOfMisfits: The Armadillos.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Fred Thompson as Chancellor Purcell.
* RedemptionQuest: Both for Blake (to prove to himself he had what it took to be a big time college QB) and for Coach Gennero (who was chased from his last job by boosters who hated him). Charlie Banks also gets a nod, since he was the only player from the previous team who ''didn't'' get banned from the sport. He ends up on the receiving end of the pass that wins the game.
* SmoochOfVictory:[[spoiler:Lucy kisses Manumana on the cheek after they win the last game. Manumana collapses in joy.]]
* ToplessnessFromTheBack: Lucy in the shower room, to the joy of Creator/KathyIreland fans.[[note]]As a general rule, this and/or HandOrObjectUnderwear was the only kind of nudity she would do, both in her film and her modeling work.[[/note]]
* TragicDropout: Blake never got to go to college because he had to run the family farm.
* UnderdogsAlwaysWin: Averted until the very end.
* WhatTheHellHero: After Coach Gennero humiliates the entire team in front of a group of boosters, Coach Riggendorf blasts him for turning what should've been a Moment of Awesome into a HumiliationConga.
* WhoNeedsOvertime: In the climax, after a few of the players get hurt, it looks like the Armadillos are going for the tie, but they run a fake PAT with Blake hitting Charlie Banks in the endzone for the 2-point conversion and the win. (This was before the NCAA adopted overtime.)