Matthew McConaughey on Football and How He Became a Washington Redskins Fan

As a Texas native, Matthew McConaughey grew up around football. He’s a huge fan of the Texas Longhorns, and is often on the sidelines of big games in Austin when the team plays at home. But when it comes to professional football, McConaughey’s allegiances aren’t within state lines.

Actor Matthew McConaughey poses in the press room at the 86th annual Academy Awards at Dolby Theatre on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/WireImage)

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In fact, he’s a fan of a direct rival of his homestate Dallas Cowboys.

“I get asked that question a lot,” McConaughey says. “Born right out of Dallas, how the hell am I a Washington Redskins fan?”

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Like many of us out there, it started by watching games with his father, and over time his fandom developed for some funny reasons, too.

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“When you’re six years old and your favorite food is hamburgers, and the Washington Redskins have a guy linebacker named Chris Hamburger, that also helps,” McConaughey said with a laugh.

Check out the video for more on how McConaughey became a Washington Redskins fans, his love of football, and how he used to dress up to go to games when he was young.

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