Kenny Chesney Dishes on Who Made Him a Passionate Sports Fan

by Thad Mitchell
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When it comes to the world of country music, singer and songwriter Kenny Chesney has a seat at the head of the table.

Since breaking into the country music scene several years ago, Chesney’s career has been on a steady incline. With hits like “Boys of Fall” and “There Goes My Life,” he has a huge fan base that is still growing. He has claimed several prestigious awards over the course of his long career, including four straight CMA Entertainer of the Year awards.

While country music might be his first love and passion Chesney also isn’t shy about discussing his interest in sports. The East Tennessee native is especially fond of football, whether it be professional, college or even high school football.

Chesney recently joins “The Bobby Bones Show” where he talks a good bit about his love for the pigskin and all sports.

Speaking on how he came to have a great passion for football and other sports, the country stars gives the credit to his father.

“My dad was a coach,” he says of his father’s influence. “He is the reason I am so passionate about sports.”

Kenny Chesney Says Sports Provides Positive Influence

Hailing from Knox County, Tennessee, it’s only natural that Chesney is a big fan of the University of Tennessee Volunteers. He even has a song called “Touchdown Tennessee” in which he sings about the joys of watching a Big Orange football game. The song is a tribute to longtime University of Tennessee broadcaster John Ward and features many of the late commentator’s most famous calls.

Chesney also made a documentary called “Boys of Fall” that earned him a spot in the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame. The film also discusses the impact that playing sports can have on a young person’s life, teaching them life lessons that will serve them well as they grow older. The country star donated thousands of copies of the film to high schools and coaches of high school football teams across the country. The movie features Chesney discussing the impact of playing sports with football legends like Joe Namath and Peyton Manning.

Kenny Chesney himself played football in high school and has noted several times the impact it had on his own life.