Rocks Off found out last week that country singer Kenny Chesney is offering free DVD copies of his high school football documentary The Boys of Fall to any schools or coaches who might be interested. If you want to buy it, it's only available at Walmart. From the email:
In the documentary, Chesney interviews dozens of football's most successful commentators, coaches and players, including Joe Namath, Peyton Manning, Tony Dungy and Nick Saban, but the focus of the film is truly on life lessons learned by all who participate, not just those who go on to future football success.
"Kenny played high school football, and he feels the lessons learned on the field like hard work, humility and trust are carried over into everyday life," says Chesney's manager Clint Higham. "He wants to help inspire future generations with the same passion he feels."
Now, now...Kenny's being modest. Why, Rocks Off has learned so many more lessons just by watching him in his successful country-music career, we just had to share them with all of you.
If You Can't Beat It, Steal It
Football is often about adopting your opponent's tactics to your own game plan, which is one reason for the continued popularity of the spread offense, or the explosion of teams using the "wildcat" formation last year. This might also explain why Chesney decided to ape Jimmy Buffett 's adult-contemporary beach sound on Lucky Old Sun.
Speak Softly And Carry A Nice Set Of Guns
Some artists might hear reviews of their music that employ terms like "unremarkable," "vapid," and "dull" and resolve themselves to double their efforts to improve their songwriting craft. Not Chesney. He knows his particular brand of "country lite" goes down best with a heaping helping of beefcake.
Be Wary Of Cameras
Just as you do your best to keep unauthorized individuals from sneaking into your team's practices (they might be agents of an opposing team looking to film your snaps), Kenny apparently frowns on fans taking pictures of his shows, even when not explicitly forbidden by the venue.
Incomprehensible Metaphors Are Your Friend
Postgame conferences are always a great place to hear coaches and players wax rhapsodic about "doing battle" or "three yards and a cloud of dust" (somewhat antiquated when considering today's state of the art stadium turf systems). Chesney took this to heart when he tried to explain - to Oprah, no less - why his marriage to Renee Zellweger failed:
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"I look at it as a box, my life as a box ... so everything that I put in: learning how to play guitar, put in that box; friends I made, I put in that box. My career grew and everything around me, all the awards and all the songs I wrote and all the success, everything, I put in that box. And that box grew to this wonderful house. "You protect everything and all the relationships and all the people that helped you build that house ... I protected that box and I didn't know if I could do both."
Boxes grow into houses. Who knew?
So Are Hats
Wear a helmet long enough and it becomes comforting, almost a crutch, in that you start feeling uneasy without it. This probably explains why Chesney is never photographed without his beloved cowboy hat. Well, almost never.