OFFSTAGE: Brad Paisley Was Packers’ Good Luck Charm

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I’m not saying the Green Bay Packers wouldn’t have made it to the Super Bowl without Brad Paisley. I’m just saying that it seems that right after their quarterback Aaron Rodgers joined Paisley onstage on Thursday night (Jan. 20) to sing “I’m Still a Guy” and then again for his encore of “Alcohol,” all of the sudden Rodgers was like this golden boy who could do no wrong on the field. “This is a class act,” Paisley said that night. Paisley even foreshadowed the big Packer win when he said, “Thank you for letting me be the drunken pre-party for the game. Hope y’all have fun in the Super Bowl.” And Sunday, those words were never more true as Rodgers led his team to a 21-14 victory over the Chicago Bears in the NFC Championship. Granted, had Paisley been playing in Chicago that night and Bears quarterback Jay Cutler had joined him on stage, he might have been signing a different tune. And the Bears might be the ones going to the Super Bowl. That’s how much I believe in the power of Paisley.

Alison makes her living loving country music. She's based in Chicago, but she's always leaving her heart in Nashville.