“He’s very cool, very good personality, has a lot of energy. He has pretty good courage seeing he was will to do that.”
–Bobby Bowden talking about country music star Kenny Chesney.
Chesney said he was told by Bowden’s assistant that the legendary coach wanted to meet the legendary country music star. Chesney said he brought his entire band because “everyone wanted to meet Bobby” and then asked Bowden for a favor.
“We went over there and he invited me to come do spring practice with them a month later,” Chesney said. “I said, ‘I don’t want to come and watch I want to play.’ He actually let me do it and they made me wear a green jersey.”
The green jersey signified no contact.
“I remember one thing, I didn’t see Bobby doing it, he had a bullhorn, all I remember, I still hear this in my head and I was so appreciative, all I hear was, ‘don’t hit Chesney.’
Bowden doesn’t recall warning his players not to hit Chesney but believes it would have come during one-on-one drills.
“He liked to go out there and put shorts on and practice,” Bowden said. “That meant catching passes. He looked forward to that. He had a good time.”
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