Snoop Dogg’s personal interest in pee-wee football seems like the inspiration for his upcoming starring role in upcoming Prime Video film The Underdoggs.
The red-band trailer shows Dogg playing a washed-up football player who finds his heart when he has to coach a kid’s football team. According to the official description:
Jaycen “Two Js” Jennings (Snoop Dogg) is a washed-up ex-professional football star who has hit rock bottom. When Jaycen is sentenced to community service coaching the Underdoggs, an unruly pee-wee football team in his hometown of Long Beach, California, he sees it as an opportunity to rebuild his public image and turn his life around. As Jaycen works to transform the foul-mouthed Underdoggs into top-notch champions, he reconnects with his past, including an old flame and few of his ex-teammates and rediscovers his love of the game.
The film is directed by Charles Stone III and written by Danny Segal and Isaac Schamis. Kenya Barris, Snoop Dogg, Constance Schwartz-Morini, Mychelle Deschamps and Jonathan Glickman produce with Jeremiah Samuels and Anni Weisband executive producing.
The Underdoggs comes to Prime Video Jan. 26.
In real life, Snoop Dogg has served as a coach for his son Cordell’s pee-wee football team; Cordell has since gone on to play college football before leaving his UCLA team in 2015. Dogg’s love for coaching has been chronicled in the 2018 Netflix docuseries, Coach Snoop. He has also established the Snoop Youth Football League, which allows inner-city youth to participate in football and cheerleading. The organization has also expanded into youth basketball.
When interviewed about his involvement in youth sports by CBS Sunday Morning in 2014, Snoop Dogg said that coaching has made him a better, more humble person.
“It’s definitely made me a better person, a better husband, a better father,” he said. “…I became a more humble, more loving, caring individual that has more of an ear to hear what’s going on as opposed [to] trying to direct what’s going on.”