Kenny Chesney Prepares for National Championship Game ‘By the Ocean’

by Joe Rutland

What better way for Kenny Chesney to prepare for Monday night’s National Championship college football game than by being near water?

The country music singer-songwriter is watching Alabama square off against Ohio State for the national title.

Before kickoff, though, Chesney took some time to walk near the ocean for a bit. He shared his Monday view with fans through Twitter.

Now it’s no surprise to see Kenny Chesney excited about college football’s showcase game. After all, he played football himself as a wide receiver at Gibbs High School in Corryton, Tenn.

Kenny Chesney Sends Love To Football In ‘Boys Of Fall’

Kenny Chesney shares his love for football in the video for “The Boys of Fall” with longtime friend and New Orleans Saints Head Coach Sean Payton.

Released in 2010, the song is an ode to high school football and the waning days of playing the sport as teens get older. For Kenny Chesney, football will always hold a special place in his heart. He played the sport himself when he was in high school. The country singer appeared on NFL Countdown to discuss the song.

“‘Boys of Fall’ for me was just one of those songs that was so much about our lives. And how we lived it,” Chesney said.

The singer let Payton listen to the song after one of Chesney’s concerts.

“He kind of threw up his arms and I could see,” Chesney said. “He almost got a tear in his eye. When we decided to do the video the way that we did it, I had in my head someone giving a speech to a high school team before they go out on the field.”

Chesney recruited Payton for the music video to play the role of the high school coach. The crew decided to film the video at Payton’s alma mater Naperville Central High School. Payton gave a speech to the school’s real football team before they went out to play on a Friday night game.

“That was unique. I didn’t feel nervous,” Payton said. “I felt anxious because you’re speaking to someone else’s team. And let me just share with them what I’d like to do if I was able to all over again.”