Kenny Chesney’s Football Catch Saved The New Orleans Saints From Some Extra Practice Time


As Kenny Chesney is out promoting his new album, Songs for the Saints, he made a stop by the “Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon” to talk about his music, his tour and football.

Jimmy got Kenny talking about his football days, pulling out an old photo of Kenny and his friend/Tour Manager, David Farmer in their high school football uniforms. One thing that Kenny revealed was about the time he practiced with the New Orleans Saints.

When Sean Peyton, coach of the Saints and one of Kenny’s best friends, invited the “Get Along” singer to come play with the Saints, he put a little pressure on his friend, asking him if he wanted to try catching an NFL punt.

“Sean asked me if I wanted to catch a punt, a real punt,” Kenny said. “It was the time of year where they had two practices a day. He told the team, he goes, “If Kenny catches the punt you guys don’t have to practice later on today. If he misses it, not only do you guys have to practice today, but you have to practice tomorrow. It added a little bit of urgency and it was a very anxiety moment for me. I got Reggie Bush and Drew Brees and everyone coming up and going, ‘you better catch this punt.'”

So did Kenny come through for the New Orleans Saints? You bet he did.

“I caught it,” Kenny added. “Basically, I bobbled it and caught it, but it was great.”

Put him in coach, he’s ready to play.

Lisa Konicki
A New Yorker that made her way to the South, Lisa got her love of country music from her dad, who always played the classics. However, her love of fried pickles, a southern staple, came from Blake Shelton, who made her try her very first one. With 20 years experience in the music biz—previously at the helm of Country Weekly Magazine —Lisa loves to de-stress by going to the movies, playing and watching sports or just being outdoors.

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