Chesney stops by Steelers facility


Steelers players aren't accustomed to being at Heinz Field other than on game day, but on Saturday night a group of them will be there to watch country music superstar Kenny Chesney perform.

"I am excited. Everyone knows who Kenny Chesney is," said linebacker Arthur Moats. "I am looking forward to it. It's going to be different being at Heinz Field for a concert. I am going to take it all in. I don't get to be at Heinz Field often as a spectator."

Moats was among the players who met Chesney at the Steelers practice facility on Friday, when he stopped by to work out and spend time with the players and Coach Mike Tomlin.

"Over the years they have embraced me and my crew and treated us like family. The Rooney family has been amazing to me over the years," said Chesney. "It helps me mentally to be able to get off the bus, get a good workout in and hang out with the guys in a relaxed atmosphere."

There was definitely a buzz in the Steelers locker room when the players heard Chesney was there, and even those who have never been to a country music concert are looking forward to the experience.

"Being from Georgia all you hear growing up, especially in a country town, all you hear is country music," said defensive end Stephon Tuitt. "It's cool to see somebody who is in that limelight, a superstar in that field. I am excited for it."

Chesney said it was a good feeling to see the enthusiasm from the players, and that getting to know them is something he enjoys as well.

"We share a commonality here. There is a mutual respect," said Chesney. "A lot of guys who play football would love to do what I do and I would give anything to do what they do. It's not going to happen so we live vicariously through each other. We love sports, they love music, so it's fun to hang out together.

"It makes me feel good to know these guys are in here singing our songs and are excited about our show. I promise you, we tune into every game. We are excited to watch the games and see our buddies play and be a part of it in a small way. There are two things I believe bring people together more than anything in the world and that's music and sports. Those are two powerful things we have in our lives."

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