You can call Kenny Chesney a lot of things, but a bandwagon fan is one thing you won’t be able to call him.
Chesney was just one of the millions rooting for the Denver Broncos to win Super Bowl 50 against the Carolina Panthers, but his love of football and appreciation for his friend, Peyton Manning, goes much deeper than this year’s playoff run. He even shared the following photo on Facebook during the day before the big game.
Growing up in Knoxville, which is home to the University of Tennessee, Chesney has been a close friend of Manning’s ever since he quarterbacked the Vols in the mid-90s. Back in 2003 when Chesney was evolving from A-lister to superstar, he played his first-ever stadium show at Neyland Stadium, home of the University of Tennessee Vols. Even though Manning had long since left the Vols for the NFL by that point, Kenny thought it was only appropriate that his buddy join him to sing “Back Where I Come From.”
Emerging from the side of the stage dressed in jeans, a pressed shirt and cowboy hat, the 6-foot-5-inch Manning towered over Chesney onstage. Manning leaned in and joined his friend to lead the crowd of 60,000 to the ultimate homecoming song.
Manning won Super Bowl 50, outscoring the Panthers 24 to 10. In doing so, he notched his 200th career victory.