EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Kenny Chesney's surprise visit to Gibbs HS, special screening

KNOX COUNTY, Tenn. (WVLT) – Early 20th Century novelist Thomas Wolfe once said “You Can’t Go Home Again,” but that’s simply not true if you ask country star and East Tennessee-native Kenny Chesney.

Chesney surprised the Gibbs High School football team on Wednesday night and invited WVLT Volunteer TV News along for the homecoming. The country star graduated from Gibbs in the mid-1980s, where he was also a member of the Eagles varsity football squad.

His secret visit to the Corryton school on Wednesday was all because he wanted to give the current group of players a sneak peak of something very special.

“You all grew up just like us,” Chesney said. “You drive the same road we drove, you obviously played on the same football field we played on and walked through the same halls, so it’s really a special time for me to come here and play you guys this. A game we all love."

Chesney was referring to a special film that he is a part of. The film is called “Boys of Fall” and is basically a journey through football featuring Chesney conducting interviews with some of the greatest players and coaches in the game.

The documentary airs Sunday on ESPN. You can catch a full preview of it, including Chesney’s return to Gibbs High School by clicking on the video above.


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  • by Jill Location: Ames, IA on Sep 18, 2010 at 08:28 PM
    I would love to know the name of the Gibbs football player shown at the 1 minute 30 second mark... #14... he is a TWIN to my 19 year old son!
  • by Kary sneed Location: knoxville on Aug 29, 2010 at 03:22 PM
    I am a long time fan, Kenny has never forgotten where he came from. It has always made me feel more of a connection to him knowing he grew up just me and has never let the world change him.
  • by jim Location: Knoxville on Aug 27, 2010 at 01:39 PM
    Yawnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn
  • by Nikki Location: seymour on Aug 27, 2010 at 12:48 PM
    Kenny seems to be a pretty cool guy. I first met him at the knoxville wal-mart when he did his first album debut. Not only did Kenny play ball, but he used to also sing in the choir under Jerry Reeves and I had the pleasure of being under Jerry's direction my senior year. Kenny signed his album poster for me in honor of Jerry. I'm glad Kenny is sticking to his roots and happy that he shares our hometown pride being a tennessee native and blood runs orange vol fan that he is. Thanks Kenny for staying true to yourself and your roots. God bless Jerry Reeves and his family- RIP Jerry.
  • by Cyndi Location: Michigan on Aug 26, 2010 at 08:16 PM
    How do I get to see this visit to Gibbs and the interviews and everything?
  • by sherri Location: wv on Aug 26, 2010 at 07:47 PM
    just goes to show you he isn't just some famous person. he cares about where he came from and his roots. been to 10 concerts and he is AMAZING w/his fans! God Bless Kenny!!!!!

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