Kenny Chesney Produces Steve Spurrier Documentary
We all know Kenny Chesney, the stadium filling, summer party touring, good time music singing, 4-time CMA Entertainer of the Year. But do you know Kenny Chesney, the Movie Producer?
Chesney, who has four previous movies under his production hat (concert films Road Case: The Movie and Summer in 3D as well as football documentaries The Boys of Fall and The Color Orange: The Condredge Holloway Story) has once again teamed up with his longtime video director Shaun Silva, this time to tell the story of legendary college football coach Steve Spurrier. Spurrier will take his turn in ESPN and the SEC Network’s “SEC Storied” on Aug. 27 in a documentary titled, “The Believer.” The film covers the 1966 Heisman Trophy winner’s career as a player and coach, featuring interviews with former players and his family.
“It was a documentary they wanted to put together,” said Spurrier, currently the head coach at the University of South Carolina. “They spent a lot of time with my family, wife, kids, grandkids and so forth, and a lot of former players. So, hopefully, it will turn out OK.”
ESPN and the SEC had been long discussing a Spurrier film, and once ESPN’s acclaimed “30 For 30” series began, it gained traction. The country music star provided an assist. Chesney and Spurrier have been friends since 2007, when Chesney was performing at Colonial Life Arena and invited Spurrier on stage. Chesney, a football fan and longtime supporter of Tennessee, received a Gamecock jersey from Spurrier when the singer played Williams-Brice Stadium in 2013 (the jersey bore the number 7, Chesney’s number in high school).
The trailer was released on Wednesday, a 90-second burst of Spurrier playing and coaching at Florida, Duke and South Carolina. The visor-tossing, the grin and the trophies are all well represented.