Kenny: Saint for a Day

Kenny Chesney has been invited to work out with the New Orleans Saints NFL football team Aug. 17, the day before the Saints pre-season game against the Cincinnati Bengals.

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Kenny, a former wide receiver for the Gibbs High Eagles in East Tennessee, is also headlining a show at Cincinnati’s Riverbend Amphitheater on Aug. 16, so the scheduling worked out perfectly. “They wanna see if I can make some kind of contribution,” Kenny laughs. “They realized they were gonna be up there when I was playing Cincinnati, and they wanted to make it work.” Kenny adds, “I first met [Saints head coach] Sean Payton when he was the assistant coach of the Dallas Cowboys. Over the years, we’ve become really good friends because there’s a very mutual respect for what the other does.” Kenny admits that he was “probably the slowest receiver in the history of the [Gibbs High] team—and it was a mediocre team.”

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