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Rascal Flatts and Tennessee Titans head coach Jeff Fisher met nine years ago during a team walk-through before a Monday Night Football game. Their mutual love of the city of Nashville—and doing community service in Music City—sparked a close relationship. So close that Jeff inducted the group onto the Music City Walk of Fame on Sunday (Nov. 7). Lucky for Flatts, the Titans had a bye week.
“He was the first name we thought of, he really was,” the group's Jay DeMarcus said of Coach Fisher. “We were kind of surprised he said yes.”
The trio's Joe Don Rooney noted that Coach Fisher is the longest active coach in the NFL, “a pillar of Nashville. To have someone on that level speaking on behalf of us is awesome,” Joe Don said.
At the presentation, the coach ticked off a half a dozen Rascal Flatts accomplishments, including more than 20 million albums sold, more than six million concert tickets sold. “It’s like the Titans winning five Super Bowls in five years,” Fisher told the crowd.
Of course, the guys weren’t always Titans fans. Jay and Gary grew up in Ohio, and Jay told Country Weekly he was a Cincinnati Bengals fan. Gary LeVox joked, “You’re still the only one.”