Sam Hunt on Choosing Country Over Football

"I Can’t Play Guitar If I Blow My Arm Out"

Sam Hunt is living proof that switching gears can be a good thing.

Before he released what would become his breakout hit “Leave the Night On” in 2014, he was preparing for a much different career: professional football player.

Hunt played college football at both Middle Tennessee State University and the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and he was even signed as a free agent with the Kansas City Chiefs.

But ultimately, his love for music pulled him to Nashville. Does he regret walking away from the game?

Not at all. TMZ asked Hunt if he’d give up all of his country success to be a football player.

“No, of course not,” Hunt says. “I’m not in control of my fate, and that’s a good thing. I’m proud to be doing what I’m doing. It wasn’t in the cards to work out in football.”

But that doesn’t mean he doesn’t still like to play from time to time.

“I still get excited about it. I miss playing ball,” Hunt admits, adding that he likes to play at his YMCA when he’d home. “So I get my competitive fix that way.”

He has to be careful, though, because as he points out, “I can’t play guitar if I blow my arm out.”

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