Cowboys Featured in Kenny Chesney Music Video "Boys of Fall"
The Franklin Cowboys were asked to provide locations and players for the Kenny Chesney music video. "Boys of Fall" is a football documentary about life. Executive Producer and Country Superstar, Kenny Chesney began shooting footage and football interviews for his new single "The Boys of Fall" in fall 2009. After shooting footage of friend and New Orleans Saints' coach Sean Payton at his high school alma mater, Chesney decided to expand the video into a full documentary film. Over the next several months he filmed youth football games, high school football games & locker room speeches as well as interviews with football greats. Interviews include Troy Aikman, Bobby Bowden, Mack Brown, Tony Dungy, Brett Favre, John Madden, Peyton Manning, Joe Namath, Sean Payton, Bill Parcells, Nick Saban and Jim Tressel. After an introduction that includes Payton speaking to his old high school team in the locker room before a big game, it depicts how those who do not go on to long, storied careers in the NFL, like high school wide receiver Chesney, the lessons learned on the field help to shape who they are today.
The event was staged at the old Centennial Prison in Nashville and at the Cowboys Complex in Franklin. As part of the video, the production company was also filming a "ESPN Films: "Boys of Fall" which aired on ESPN. For the Cowboys, this meant that almost every shot had to be done several times, from several different angles.
Players were filmed in several situations, including personal interviews about their football experiences. Two challenges quickly presented themselves when shooting began; 1) how to get the players to "slow down" during the filming, so that the camera operators had a chance to capture the shots and 2) during a few sequences, players were asked to "celebrate" after scoring touchdowns. This turned into a very funny moment as they looked to the coaches for approval.
The entire production staff, crew and Kenny Chesney could not have been more gracious to all of the Cowboy's players, staff and parents in attendance.