Tim McGraw Expresses Love for Louisiana Childhood and Life-Long Fandom of LSU Tigers

by Joe Rutland
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Tim McGraw has a deep love for his home state of Louisiana, but bring up LSU football and he is always ready to shout, “Geaux Tigers!”

“Growing up in Louisiana we always had crawfish boils so we’d have crawfish boils, especially when I was in college,” McGraw said in an interview on the “Huuuge Show” podcast. “I went to college at Northeast Louisiana University, which is the University of Louisiana at Monroe now.

“But LSU was still the school we all rooted for, I mean that was our state school, and that was the school we all rooted for,” he said. “We made some trips down to Death Valley for some of those games. But I don’t remember too much from those games because of the tailgating that was going on.”

McGraw remembers turning up the TVs and inviting people over to watch the Tigers play.

“In college, my roommates and I lived right on a bayou and my roommate had a ski boat so we were skiing all the time,” he said. “So we would ski all Saturday, watch LSU’s football game, float kegs, have a crawfish boil. It was a good time back then.”

Tim McGraw Feels A Soul Connection To LSU’s Tigers

Looking back on his youth, Tim McGraw loved to not only watch but play all types of sports.

“Oh wow, my earliest memories, gosh, (are being) 5, 6, 7 years old watching football games on Saturday and hoping to see an LSU football game,” he said. “I mean, I was a big sports watcher and an athlete all my life. I played baseball, basketball, football, ran track, all those things.

“But when football season rolled around, there was nothing like it,” McGraw said “There was nothing like waiting for the Tigers to come on and sort of feeling like that’s part of your soul because you are from Louisiana. I mean, that’s the great thing about college football and, you know, everybody loves pro football.

“But there’s something special about college football because you can attach yourself to it in a different way. It’s because of it being in your state or somewhere where your parent went to school or your kid goes to school.”

After Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans, McGraw recorded “Louisiana” in paying homage to his home state.

Listen to him share his heart through the words and music.

McGraw Says Wife Inspires Him To ‘Work Out Harder’

Being an athlete encourages a person to stay in shape. McGraw manages to do so regularly, but there are moments that cause him to push a little bit harder.

Tim McGraw confesses to hitting the weights a little harder when Faith Hill cooks in the kitchen, Pop Culture reports.

“When Faith’s cooking, I sort of work out harder that day when I know she’s cooking something good,” McGraw says. “So, I’ll try to earn it.”

Additionally, the 53-year-old says that he’s been increasing his workouts for the anticipated renter of his “Here on Earth Tour.” The tour was set to begin in July. However, it was postponed because of the pandemic.