I really love this kind of story. I’m always grateful to people who find them before I do, and send them my way. Many thanks to the Red Dirt Report for finding this article and sending it my direction.
The Norman Transcript in Norman, Okla., had a great story about Toby Keith helping to coach a middle school football team in his home town.
As busy as this guy is, the article tells us that he manages to spend three hours a day, six days a week, showing seventh graders how to “take in pulling guards and sack the quarterback.”
He is a longtime Norman resident, and a member of Whittier Middle School’s seventh grade football coaching staff.
"I have always been really, really close to football," Keith said. "I know some people would be surprised that being a successful songwriter, that they would think he couldn’t coach. But we have been very successful at it."
He told The Norman Transcript, "It’s a love for me," Keith said. "The first thing I did when I got through playing with the Oklahoma City Drillers, I had tryouts with the Oklahoma Outlaws in the USFL. I found out right there what level of player it takes to get to that next level. Even though I didn’t have a kid at the time, I ran right out and started coaching little league football. And then when my son came along, I said I will be there at day one. So I just routed my schedule around it."
Toby started playing football when he was young, and played defensive end at Moore High School. He also played semi-pro ball.
Here’s a short piece of an A&E interview with Toby, where he talks a little bit about his work in the oil fields, and his possible college football days.
Visit Toby’s very Toby’s web site to keep up with all the latest Toby news. You can shop at his Official Store, join the fan club and Street Team, and even sign up for E-mail Updates.
That’s all for now. Going to try to get e-mail answered tonight! Talk to you all real soon.