Kenny Chesney Describes Being Friends with His Sports Heroes

by Amy Myers

Country star Kenny Chesney used to dream of meeting his sports heroes the way that country music fans dream of meeting him. Thanks to his dad, who coached basketball and baseball in the 70s, Chesney grew up with a deep appreciation for NFL stars. Chesney’s father also worked on the 2010 documentary, Boys of Fall. As Kenny Chesney’s song, “The Boys of Fall,” played, coaches and players spoke about important moments in their careers. It was through this project that the country star got to meet some of his biggest sports heroes.

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“I got to really know John Madden and Bobby Bowden,” Chesney told PopCulture. “I got to know Nick Saban and I got to know Brett Favre and I got to know all these people you would see on TV every Saturday and Sunday. Since then, over the years, so many of those people have come to shows.”

With career hits like “No Shoes, No Shirt” and “The Good Stuff,” it’s no wonder Chesney’s heroes became fans of his own.

“We have these people we look up to and care about in all these sports figures, well they have the same respect for people because they love music also and that’s something that I learned and it was really interesting,” he reflected. “You have these people that you really respect and look up to as a child and a young adult and you become friends with them.”

Of course, Kenny Chesney also has friends in the music industry, like Eagles’ guitarist Joe Walsh.

 “We also lost a lot of people in COVID over the last year, but to think you are in high school just trying to learn guitar from Eddie Van Halen, just listening to all the licks on the records, and then becoming friends with someone like that,” Chesney said.

Kenny Chesney Honors Coaches in Hit Song

After working closely with legendary NFL coaches like Favre and Saban, country star Kenny Chesney released the song, “Coach,” which resonated with sports fans everywhere.

Dedicated to high school coaches, the song is a message of gratitude from the players.

You were a teacher, preacher, mother, father
A lot less taker than giver
A keeper of secrets and constantly making believers out of quitters
For all your time and your heart and your soul
You deserve a lot more than a toast
But here’s to you and thanks again
We’ll never forget you, Coach

In an interview with ESPN, Chesney reflected on the meaning behind the lyrics. He stressed the fact that coaches have the ability to mold and shape a teenager’s life and “push them in the right direction.”

“Especially for young people, at a time in their life when they’re very impressionable, a coach can be a really good person in that person’s life,” Chesney said.