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Thomas Rhett and NFL superstar Peyton Manning duet on a ’90s country classic Facebook / Trina Messer Einterz

You might consider country star Thomas Rhett and NFL great Peyton Manning to be an unlikely pairing, but on March 10, they shared the stage at the former Colts quarterback’s annual Celebration of Caring Gala in Indianapolis.

Together, the two stars teamed up for a duet on “That Ain’t My Truck” – a top 5 hit in 1995 for Thomas’ famous dad, Rhett Akins.

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A fan video posted to Facebook shows the incredible onstage moment at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, where Thomas welcomed his athlete buddy to the stage. After a short chat about their height difference, and a few screams from the crowd, the country star, armed with a white guitar, strummed up a chord and led with the first verse. But, of course, it didn’t take long for Peyton to start singing along. In fact, he got to take the spotlight during the beginning of the first chorus.

After the two’s duet, Peyton, who co-hosted the charity event with his wife Ashley, returned to the stage for a solo performance of Johnny Cash’s “Folsom Prison Blues,” according to KVUE. Talk about one unforgettable night!

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Interestingly enough, this isn’t Peyton’s first time singing with a country star at his annual charity event. In previous years, he performed with artists Luke Bryan, Dierks Bentley, Cole Swindell and Jake Owen. The Celebration of Caring Gala helps to raise funds for the pediatric intensive care unit at the Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital at St. Vincent in Indianapolis.

As for Thomas, he is currently on a break from the road until April when he will begin his headlining “Life Changes Tour.” The 30-city trek, which features supporting acts Brett Young, Russell Dickerson, Jillian Jacqueline and Carly Pearce, kicks off on April 5 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and wraps on Oct. 27 in Sacramento, California. Fans can go to thomasrhett.com for more information on upcoming tour dates.

Nashville-based writer and Rare Country contributor Melinda Lorge has always been passionate about country music. Follow her @MelindaLorge and join the conversation @RareCountry.
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