Well, it’s that time of year again. The summer heat has not yet abated in most parts of the country, but radio stations are blasting Kenny Chesney’s “The Boys of Fall”, and you might start wondering just what teams your favorite radio stars are rooting for.
It’s a no-brainer that lots of Nashville celebs are going to be cheering for the home team Tennessee Titans, but what about the rest of them? What about college teams and other NFL franchises? Search no further, because we’ve got the answers for you. Which singer “bleeds black and gold”, and which singer roots for a team other than his alma mater? Read on to find out what football teams your favorite country stars are rooting for this season.
Jason Aldean – University of Georgia (Bulldogs)
Being from Macon, Georgia it’s not surprising that Jason Aldean is a fan of the University of Georgia. The “Burnin’ it Down” singer has been a lifelong Bulldogs fan.
David Nail – Mizzou (Tigers)
According to his Instagram profile, David Nail says, “I bleed black and gold”.
Jimmy Buffett – New Orleans Saints
The famous “Margaritaville” singer may live in Key West and hail from Mississippi and Alabama, but Jimmy Buffett is a diehard Saints fan and has been for decades.
Brad Paisley – West Virginia University (Mountaineers)
You might not have known it by the split team jersey he sported when he recently hosted ESPN college game day, but Brad Paisley is a Mountaineers supporter. The West Virginia native didn’t attend WVU, but he nonetheless roots for the school that bears the name of his home state.
Darius Rucker – University of South Carolina (Gamecocks)
Though it’s been a while since his college days, Darius Rucker’s loyalty to his alma mater hasn’t wavered. You can even see the South Carolina native sporting Gamecock gear in the music video of his hit “Wagon Wheel”.
Toby Keith – University of Oklahoma (Sooners)
It’s no surprise that Oklahoma native Toby Keith is a Sooners fan. The “How Do You Like Me Now” singer is a personal friend of Sooners coach, Bob Stoops.
Lee Brice – Clemson University (Tigers)
Lee Brice is a Clemson fan for a good reason. The “Hard to Love” singer is not only a Clemson University alum, he actually attended on a football scholarship.
Justin Moore – University of Arkansas (Razorbacks)
Arkansas native Justin Moore is an avid Razorbacks fan. The “Small Town USA” singer even performed a free concert at the University in 2013.
Garth Brooks – Pittsburgh Steelers
“I’ve been a Pittsburgh fan forever,” country music legend Garth Brooks told the Pittsburgh Gazette in February of this year. When Garth chose to spend his birthday in Iron City, his wife of 10 years, Trisha Yearwood surprised him by inviting Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin onstage to wish him happy birthday.
Blake Shelton – Arizona Cardinals
The “Sangria” singer may not have the home field advantage of having an NFL team in his native Oklahoma, but he has found solace in the Arizona Cardinals. In 2014 he was presented with a jersey from the Cardinals themselves in recognition of his devotion to the team.
Cole Swindell – Georgia Southern University (Eagles)
Georgia Southern might be the school to attend if you want to meet a future country star. Luke Bryan and Cole Swindell both attended GSU. Though Bryan (somewhat confusingly) supports the University of Georgia Bulldogs, Swindell is loyal to his alma mater and is rarely ever seen without his GS ball cap.
Chase Rice – University of North Carolina (Tar Heels)
Chase Rice feels that UNC is “home” because he actually played football for the Tar Heels. If it weren’t for an injury, the “Ready, Set, Roll” singer might be in the NFL instead of being nominated for ACM awards.
Faith Hill – Tennessee Titans
Faith Hill is not only a Titans fan, she was a huge fan of running back Chris Johnson. The two spent an afternoon together, having lunch and talking, and as they said goodbye, Johnson gifted the country songstress with an autographed jersey. Not certain if Hill is still a fan now that Johnson plays for the Arizona Cardinals.
Brian Kelley – Florida State University (Seminoles)
Brian Kelley actually played baseball for the Seminoles before going on to become half of country music duo Florida Georgia Line.
Jake Owen – Florida State University (Seminoles)
You may not know it, but an injury may be the reason Jake Owen is now a famous country crooner rather than a professional golfer. The “Real Life” singer had a golf scholarship to Florida State University, and in 2013 he performed the halftime show at the Orange Bowl where his alma mater took on the Northern Illinois Huskies (and won!).
Brian Kelley and Jake Owen together
An epic Noles picture if you’re a country fan.