The McKinley Titans Football Team is the varsity football team at William McKinley High School. Even though they share many members, the football players often harass and bully New Directions members. They were originally coached by Ken Tanaka, though after a huge streak of losses and his mental breakdown, he resigned and was replaced by Sheldon Beiste, whose coaching helped the Titans eventually start winning games. In season 2 the team won the conference championship and season 3 it won the state championship. Around season 5 it won another championship.



They manage to win a game thanks to Kurt, their new kicker who teaches them the dance of Single Ladies.


Ken, angry at Will Schuester, adds an extra, mandatory practice at the same time as the New Directions practice, forcing Finn, Puck, Mike, Kurt, and Matt to choose between Glee and football, a difficult decision for the guys. Eventually, Finn convinces the coach to cancel the practice.


Football season has since ended and the basketball season starts.


Shannon Beiste is appointed as the new coach of the failing football team, resulting in reductions to the glee and cheerleading budgets in favor of the team. At practice she says that everybody is cut and that tryouts will be redone. Artie asks Finn to help him join the football team. Shannon believes that Finn is colluding against her by forcing her to reject a disabled student, and drops Finn from the team, appointing newcomer, Sam Evans, as the new quarterback. Matt, having transferred, is no longer on the team.


Shannon shows compassion towards Artie and Finn by letting them both join the football team.

Grilled Cheesus

After praying to a sandwich, Finn become the quarterback again because Sam Evans got injured.

The Sue Sylvester Shuffle

The whole football team has to join the Glee Club for one week. All the boys perform She's Not There, and right after it they get slushied by the hockey team. All of them quit Glee Club, except for Finn, Puck, Artie, Mike, and Sam. Lauren, Tina, Rachel, and Mercedes join the football team. In the game, they start losing, but Puck convinces the other boys to join the football team again. They all agree, except for Karofsky. All of them plus Santana, Brittany, and Quinn perform Thriller/Heads Will Roll and they win the championship afterwards.

Silly Love Songs

The football team and the Glee club seem to have reached a mutual understanding, since no one in the Glee club has been slushied since the events of the prior episode.

The Purple Piano Project

Shane joins the football team.

I Am Unicorn

Shannon talks the football team into playing the Jets in the upcoming production of West Side Story, which she, along with Emma and Artie, is directing.

Asian F

The team helps Mike in his audition of Cool for the school musical. Later, they are seen in the audience of the "Maria-Off."

The First Time

Shane is recruited for a college scholarship, for football.

The Role You Were Born To Play

It is shown that Phil and Bobby are on the football team.

Ryder is shown to be on the football team. He is seen showing off his dance moves during practice.

Previously Unaired Christmas

The football team decorate their own Christmas tree, for the 50th Christmas tree contest. They don't win the contest.

Loser Like Me

The team is comprised of players from all over Ohio.


Current Members

Former Members


Temporary Members

Unknown Cases


Years Prior Season 1 Summer Break
Episode 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22
Ken Tanaka Hired Active Replaced
Finn Hudson Joined/
Noah Puckerman Joined Active Kicked Out/
Mike Chang Joined Active Kicked Out/
Matt Rutherford Joined Active Kicked Out/
Active Transferred
Azimio Adams Joined Active
Kurt Hummel Joined/

Prior Time Season 2 Summer Break
Episode 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22
Shannon Beiste Hired Active
Finn Hudson Active Kicked Out Rejoined/
Noah Puckerman Active
Mike Chang Active
Azimio Adams Active Kicked Out/
David Karofsky Joined Active Kicked Out/
Active Transferred
Sam Evans Joined/
Demoted Active Transferred
Artie Abrams Rejected Joined Active Unknown Quit
Anthony Rashad Unknown Seen Unknown
Rachel Berry Joined/
Lauren Zizes Joined/
Tina Cohen-Chang Joined/
Mercedes Jones Joined/
Cristopher Strando Unknown Seen Unknown

Prior Time Season 3 Summer Break
Episode 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22
Shannon Beiste Active
Finn Hudson Active Graduated
Noah Puckerman Active Graduated
Mike Chang Active Graduated
Azimio Adams Active Unknown Graduated
Shane Tinsley Joined Active Graduated

Prior Time Season 4 Season Break
Episode 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22
Shannon Beiste Active
Phil Lipoff Joined Active
Bobby Surette Joined Active
Ryder Lynn Joined Active


Unreleased Songs

  • Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)  by Beyoncé. Danced by the football team lead by Kurt Hummel. (Preggers)


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