History matters in football, and with just a 10-minute on-screen career, we know where Forrest Gump fits: He returned kicks for Bear Bryant's Alabama Crimson Tide. He beat Tennessee, the Tide's real-life hated rival, with a runback. His uniform was right, the stadium was right, even Bryant's hat was right. Sure, opponents jogged at Tom Hanks before lazily throwing themselves at his feet, but even Gump's role was a subtle wink to realism-starved fans, who know the highest form of football flattery is a catchprase. Run, Forrest, run.