Before he packed stadiums as a singer, Brooks (as a homecoming escort in 1980) ran the field as Yukon (Okla.) High’s quarterback.
Nelson played halfback in 1948 as a sophomore at Abbott High School in Texas.
Tom and Mike Gossin
In the Gloriana bros’ home “you had to play one sport and learn one instrument,” says Mike (with Tom and dad Steve in 1991).
Joe Don Rooney
Growing up in tiny Picher, Okla., “I got to play all sports,” Rooney (in 1984) said. “You don’t see many guys that are jocks and a band geek.”
“Football was my life,” wrote Adkins (in 1979 at Sarepta [La.] High School). “I absolutely loved to hit people.”
“Football molded me,” says Brice (in 1996 at Lakewood H.S. in Sumter, S.C.), who also played for Clemson University.