Credit: TriStar Pictures; Paramount Pictures; NBC

The Super Bowl is upon us this Sunday, and you know what that means: super-fit guys crashing into each other. We've already detailed the hottest dudes of both competing teams, the Denver Broncos and the Seattle Seahawks, so let's turn our gaze backwards to simpler times!

The 1990s gave pretty sweet footballer roles to our favorite dudes of the big and small screen. In no particular order, here are five of our favorite football crushes.


Jason London as Randall "Pink" Floyd, Dazed and Confused

Randall "Pink" Floyd was pretty much the whole package: smart, rebellious, fit, and had a belt buckle that doubled as a little pipe. Pink was pretty slender and super-rebellious, making him an unlikely quarterback, but when he stood up for his right to get drunk sometimes and still play football, we swooned a little.

Plus, that half-unbuttoned shirt provides a pretty amazing view.


James Van Der Beek as Mox, Varsity Blues

Mox is like Dawson, only with better hair! Also, turning down Ali Larter clad only in whipped cream takes great strength of character, which makes for an even better quarterback. Or Ivy League student. Whatever he wants to do.

 

Cuba Gooding, Jr. as Rod Tidwell, Jerry Maguire

Okay, so flops like Boat Trip might make it pretty easy to forget how fine Cuba Gooding, Jr. was as Wide Receiver (hottest position in the NFL!) Rod Tidwell in Jerry Maguire. How he didn't end up as the romantic lead over Tom Cruise, we'll never know, although his on-screen family is super-adorable. Show us the money, Cuba!


Paul Walker as Lance Harbor, Varsity Blues

1999 was a career-launching year for the late Paul Walker, including his role as all state quarterback Lance Harbor in Varsity Blues! While just as nice of a guy as James Van Der Beek's Mox, Lance was a classically-handsome jock. Varsity was basically just a crush factory for all types.


Mario Lopez as A.C. Slater, Saved By the Bell

A.C. Slater, as the token jock, played all the sports on Saved By the Bell. Unlike Zack "preppy" Morris, who was kind of good at running and basketball (except mostly just good at breaking our hearts), A.C. was the star quarterback of the Bayside High Tigers football team and an accomplished wrestler! According to Zack, A.C. was All-City in four sports, although we've only seen him on the football field, in the ring, and on the basketball court.

Who's the star player of your heart? Let us know in the comments!


Sarah Anne Lloyd is an Associate Editor at Wetpaint Entertainment. Follow her on Twitter and Google+!