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''Second String'' is a MadeForTVMovie with licensed use of UsefulNotes/NationalFootballLeague franchises, logos and even the UsefulNotes/SuperBowl. It stars Creator/JonVoight as coach Chuck Dichter, who has assembled a Super Bowl-calibre Buffalo Bills team, and Gil Bellows as Dan Heller, a former NFL starting quarterback turned insurance salesman picked up off waivers for the practice squad.

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''Second String'' is a 2002 MadeForTVMovie with licensed use of UsefulNotes/NationalFootballLeague franchises, logos and even the UsefulNotes/SuperBowl. It stars Creator/JonVoight as coach Chuck Dichter, who has assembled a Super Bowl-calibre Buffalo Bills team, and Gil Bellows as Dan Heller, a former NFL starting quarterback turned insurance salesman picked up off waivers for the practice squad.


* HeroOfAnotherStory: Gerry Fullerton, star corner on the Bills defense leads them to victory in the divisional round of the playoffs against the Chargers. In the same game Heller's offense does nothing but lose yards and throw picks. Somehow Fullerton and the defense are barely shown at all beyond him catching an interception.
** Off the field Heller and Fullerton are old friends and he even puts Heller and his wife up at his house during the post-season, so his role is still significant otherwise.

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* HeroOfAnotherStory: Gerry Fullerton, Jacky Mumms, star corner on the Bills defense leads them to victory in the divisional round of the playoffs against the Chargers. In the same game Heller's offense does nothing but lose yards and throw picks. Somehow Fullerton Mumms and the defense are barely shown at all beyond him catching an interception.
** Off the field Heller and Fullerton are old friends and he even puts Heller and his wife up at his house during the post-season, so his role is still significant otherwise.
returning a punt for a touchdown.


* TheFoodPoisoningIncident: This is the main premise of the film. The entire starting offensive line and back-up quarterbacks come down with a particularly nasty case from poorly refrigerated shellfish. This results in them being off the field for weeks just before the post-season.



* PutMeInCoach!: Played straight with Heller. Averted by Weathers, who wanted a last chance at glory, was replaced by a younger breakout runner and has resigned himself to being a benchwarmer on a playoff contender team.

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* PutMeInCoach!: PutMeInCoach: Played straight with Heller. Averted by Weathers, who wanted a last chance at glory, was replaced by a younger breakout runner and has resigned himself to being a benchwarmer on a playoff contender team.



* TheFoodPoisoningIncident: This is the main premise of the film. The entire starting offensive line and back-up quarterbacks come down with a particularly nasty case from poorly refrigerated shellfish. This results in them being off the field for weeks just before the post-season.

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->''"She believes in him. Now he must believe in himself."''
-->--'''{{Tagline}} from the DVD cover'''

''Second String'' is a MadeForTVMovie with licensed use of UsefulNotes/NationalFootballLeague franchises, logos and even the UsefulNotes/SuperBowl. It stars Creator/JonVoight as coach Chuck Dichter, who has assembled a Super Bowl-calibre Buffalo Bills team, and Gil Bellows as Dan Heller, a former NFL starting quarterback turned insurance salesman picked up off waivers for the practice squad.

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* AsHimself: Actual NFL athletes Doug Flutie and Donovan Greer portray themselves as Buffalo Bills starters. ESPN analyst Chris Berman, colour commentator Mike Ditka and play-by-play announcer Van Miller also appear as themselves.
* BigGame: The fictional Bills/Vikings Super Bowl.
* CardCarryingVillain: George Eads character of free agent QB Tommy Baker is not villainous, but the film really wants you to know that he is not at all a protagonist.
* DownToTheLastPlay: A quarterback sneak ending with a goal-line lateral as the clock runs out is about as straight as this trope can be played.
* DumbMuscle: The back-up left tackle is big and strong but can't memorize the playbook. He needs the quarterback to tell him his assignment on nearly every play.
* HeroOfAnotherStory: Gerry Fullerton, star corner on the Bills defense leads them to victory in the divisional round of the playoffs against the Chargers. In the same game Heller's offense does nothing but lose yards and throw picks. Somehow Fullerton and the defense are barely shown at all beyond him catching an interception.
** Off the field Heller and Fullerton are old friends and he even puts Heller and his wife up at his house during the post-season, so his role is still significant otherwise.
* OnlyAModel: Stock footage/photos represent the Superdome exterior for the BigGame at the end of the film.
** The interior shots also make it quite clear that filming was done in a significantly smaller stadium.
* RousingSpeech: Averted twice, Heller tells a story about his football coach who instead played Creator/GeorgeCScott's speech in ''Film/{{Patton}}''. He later gives a stern but passionate speech about celebrating the AFC Championship win before the Super Bowl.
** He finally gives Weathers a truly inspirational speech about riding the bench for a long-shot win. When Weathers shoots down his words he reveals he [[AndThatLittleGirlWasMe wasn't talking about him]].
* PutMeInCoach!: Played straight with Heller. Averted by Weathers, who wanted a last chance at glory, was replaced by a younger breakout runner and has resigned himself to being a benchwarmer on a playoff contender team.
* SecondPlaceIsForLosers: The basic thesis of Heller's YouKeepTellingYourselfThat speech to his AFC Championship winning team. He scolds them for celebrating their victory as it will make them complacent against the Vikings.
* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: Hamilton's Ivor Wynne Stadium is one of several used to represent Buffalo home field at Ralph Wilson Stadium. The managers box and seating do look rather similar in real life.
* TheFoodPoisoningIncident: This is the main premise of the film. The entire starting offensive line and back-up quarterbacks come down with a particularly nasty case from poorly refrigerated shellfish. This results in them being off the field for weeks just before the post-season.
* UnderdogsNeverLose
* WaxOnWaxOff: Heller has his teammates perform some odd but conventional training. He also makes his superstitious running back practice his evasive technique by making him run around headstones in a cemetery.
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