The NFL ends each football season with the most viewed music show of the year during halftime of the Super Bowl. Now, the Pro Football Hall of Fame is kicking off the football season with the Concert for Legends featuring music superstar Tim McGraw. ProFootballHOF.com is taking a look at the history of music and its relationship with the NFL in this special “Football Rocks” series.
Part 1 - Super Bowl Halftime History | Part 2 - Female Super Bowl Performers | Part 3 - Celebs Love Football | Part 4 - Aerosmith and Football | Part 5 - Tim McGraw's Passion for the Game | Inaugural Concert for Legends Recap
By: Jason Rentner (@Jay25R)
Country music superstar Tim McGraw admitted playing in the Concert for Legends will be one of the coolest things he’s ever done. That’s because two of his passions, music and football, will come together for one special night on Aug. 5 at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium.
How big of a football fan is he?
“I go into a depression after the Super Bowl,” joked McGraw.
Football has been a big part of his life since he was a kid. McGraw played on his high school football team and continued to play recreationally after that.
“I love football. It teaches us so much about life, commitment, courage and integrity,” McGraw shared.
While music and family are McGraw’s main priorities, he still always makes time to watch games during the weekend. This includes games at the high school, college and professional levels. Two of his favorite teams to cheer for are the LSU Tigers and the since he was born in Louisiana and currently lives in Nashville, Tenn.
“I’m a football junkie and certainly when football season is on I watch every game I can possibly watch,” said McGraw in an interview with Taste of Country.
In 2004, McGraw became a minority owner of the Nashville Kats of the Arena Football League. Pro Football Hall of Fame President David Baker was the commissioner of the AFL when he owned part of the team.
Years later McGraw opened up the 2009 NFL season by performing before the Pittsburgh Steelers and game on a Thursday night.
McGraw is mostly known for his musical talents, but he’s also a noted actor. Because of his enthusiasm towards football, he’s starred in football blockbuster movies such as “Friday Night Lights” and “The Blind Side.” He’s also recently co-produced and narrated a documentary, “Favre Returns,” about Class of 2016 enshrinee Brett Favre. The production was part of the new NFL Network documentary series "The Timeline."
Football is a family affair for McGraw. He shares his love of the Game with his wife (Grammy Award winning country pop singer Faith Hill) and three daughters. Hill performed the Sunday Night Football intro song for six seasons. His daughter cheered during their high school football games in which McGraw would attend and even help out as a member of the chain crew. They even tailgate before the games.
“Faith makes her famous jalapeño poppers and we make chili and hot dogs,” explained McGraw in Parade Magazine.
Concert for Legends tickets to see McGraw live in concert are still on sale, but selling fast. Make sure to purchase your tickets now!
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