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.
After praying to a sandwich, Finn become the quarterback again because Sam Evans got injured.
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.
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.
Shane joins the football team.
Shane is recruited for a college scholarship, for football.
Ryder is shown to be on the football team. He is seen showing off his dance moves during practice.
The football team decorate their own Christmas tree, for the 50th Christmas tree contest. They don't win the contest.
The team is comprised of players from all over Ohio.
- Current Members
- Former Members
- Temporary Members
- Unknown Cases
|Years Prior||Season 1||Summer Break|
|Noah Puckerman||Joined||Active||Kicked Out/|
|Mike Chang||Joined||Active||Kicked Out/|
|Matt Rutherford||Joined||Active||Kicked Out/|
|Prior Time||Season 2||Summer Break|
|Finn Hudson||Active||Kicked Out||Rejoined/|
|Azimio Adams||Active||Kicked Out/|
|David Karofsky||Joined||Active||Kicked Out/|
|Prior Time||Season 3||Summer Break|
|Prior Time||Season 4||Season Break|
- Stronger by Britney Spears. Sung by Artie. Danced by the football team. (Britney/Brittany)
- She's Not There by The Zombies. Sung by Finn, Artie and Sam. Danced by the football team. (The Sue Sylvester Shuffle.
- Thriller/Heads Will Roll by Michael Jackson/Yeah Yeah Yeahs. Sung by Artie, Finn, Rachel and Santana. Danced by New Directions and the football team. (The Sue Sylvester Shuffle)
- Cool from West Side Story. Sung by Mike. Danced by Mike and the football team. (Asian F)
- Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It) by Beyoncé. Danced by the football team lead by Kurt Hummel. (Preggers)