The Footballer

Bottler openers. Every tailgate kit needs at least one. More than likely you need multiple bottle openers. Finding that perfect bottle opener that is not only functional but shows your spirit as a tailgater and a fan of your team is hard to find. That is until we discovered The Footballer.

San Diego Chargers Footballer bottle opener

The Footballer is first and foremost a bottle opener that fits into the palm of your hand and easily removes bottle caps.

Alabama Footballer bottle opener(Disclaimer: We did receive samples of The Footballer for free. The fact these samples were provided to us free of charge in no way influenced our opinion of the product nor did it impact our ability to test and review the product fairly and objectively.)

Before getting into the functionality of The Footballer, let’s take a look at the design of it. As you can see from the photos, The Footballer looks and feels like a real football. It has detailed bumpy pigskin, raised white ribbed laces, black entrenched threads and a little black air hole valve. I played center back in college so I handled a lot of footballs and this little guy looks and feels like a real football. The shape is perfectly sized for fitting into the palm of your hand which will come in handy later when opening up a bottle.

In addition to the look and feel of The Footballer being authentic, they are officially licensed by all 32 NFL franchises and select number of NCAA colleges and universities. Not only can you open up a bottle effortlessly with a bottle opener that looks and feels like a real football, but you can show off your team pride all while doing it. Now that we have covered the top side of The Footballer, let’s take a look at the bottom side and most notably, the bottle opener.

The bottle opener works exactly as you would expect it to work but with a slight twist. (No pun intended.) One aspect I really enjoyed about The Footballer is that the caps when pried off the bottle neck did not end up being bent. Most bottle openers bend the bottle cap or extend the teeth of the bottle cap and thus destroy the integrity of the bottle cap. The Footballer does not do that. Not that it is a big deal but it is nice to have the caps not all bent up in case you wanted to save them for a game of caps later.

An additional feature is The Footballer contains a small but strong magnet above the bottle opener’s “claw”. This magnet is dual function in that it catches the bottle cap as it is taken off the bottle top and also will hold onto any metal surface like a refrigerator door or a bucket of ice cold beers. It will even stick to the side of your car or truck’s tailgate so it is always within arm’s reach when you are out tailgating the game.

Take a look at the different varieties of Footballers sporting the logos of numerous NCAA and NFL teams.

After testing out the samples we were provided and putting them through a number of rigorous tests, we are going to deem The Footballer to be “Tailgate Approved”.

It is small enough to fit in any tailgate kit, it will stick to the side of your vehicle while out tailgating and is priced affordably considering NFL and NCAA licensing is not cheap. Priced at around $13 per opener, this little guy will be a big hit at your next football tailgate party.

For more information and to see which teams they currently have licensing for, visit:


Now for the good part. If you want one of your own, you have two opportunities to win one and have it shipped to you totally and completely for free.

OPTION 1: Facebook – If you are not already a fan of Tailgating Ideas on Facebook, go ahead and click the “Like” button on our official Tailgating Ideas Facebook Page. Once there, find the wall post promoting this blog post and comment on it with your favorite team and why you deserve to win one for free. Be creative, funny, tug at heart strings or outrageous but please do not bore us. The comment we find the most intriguing and creative will get the free Footballer of their choice. Because this is up to our discretion as to who is most deserving based on their comment, put some thought into it and make it a good one.

OPTION 2: Twitter – If you are not already following us on Twitter, go there right now and follow @TailgatingIdeas. Now that you are a confirmed follower on Twitter, go ahead and cut and paste this into a new tweet.

I want to win a free #Footballer bottle opener from @TailgatingIdeas before next season. You can too! Details:

The winner will be chosen at random and the more times you tweet the above, the better your odds of winning. (Just please don’t be obnoxious about it to the point your followers start hating us…) The winner will be contacted via Twitter so be on the lookout for a message from us alerting you that you won.

Deadline to like, comment on Facebook and tweet to win a free Footballer of your choice is Monday, June 17th at midnight eastern daylight time. We will contact the two winners on Tuesday, June 18th to alert them they have won. Please refer to The Footballer website to get an idea of which teams are available before you let us know which team you would like for your prize.

No purchase necessary, probably not legal in some states but we are too lazy to get a lawyer and figure it out. Good luck to everyone.