Imagine being talented enough to play major college football. Now imagine being talented enough to rock out in front of thousands of screaming fans around the globe. Now imagine being able to do both.
That's what it's like to be these eight musicians that played college football before they turned to incredibly successful music careers.
From country star Trace Adkins to hip hop legend Rick Ross, you'll be surprised how many of these famous musicians played college football.
Sam Hunt: Middle Tennessee and UAB
The country star saw limited action at quarterback with the Blue Raiders and Blazers over four years before landing a tryout with the Kansas City Chiefs. When NFL stardom wasn't in the playbook, Hunt turned to his other passion: music.
Chris Fehn: Wayne State
The Slipknot percussionist was knocking through field goals for D2 Wayne State before a career of rocking out to stadiums full of headbanging fans.
Trace Adkins: Louisiana Tech
Adkins was a walk-on with the Bulldogs before a serious knee injury during his freshman year forced him to quit the team without ever seeing game action.
Rick Ross: Albany State
Before he was a household name as a rapper and entrepreneur, Ross was a hard-working lineman who attended Albany State on scholarship before quickly leaving the program.
Wale: Robert Morris and Virginia State
According to reports, Wale was quite the egotistic wide receiver at Virginia State (after transfering from Robert Morris) prior to his booming music career.
Lee Brice: Clemson
An arm injury cut Brice’s football career short, but the former Tigers’ lineman has enjoyed much success with hits such as “I Don’t Dance” and “Hard to Love.”
Chase Rice: North Carolina
Rice played linebacker for the Tar Heels in college, but turned to music after an injury ended his career.
Suge Knight: UNLV
The man you do not want to mess with was once an impressive defensive end for UNLV and played for the Los Angeles Rams as a scab player during the NFL strike of 1987.