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Megastar Tim McGraw closed down the NFL Draft main stage Friday night in Music City, playing a celebratory 75-minute set for thousands of football fanatics who refused to stop the party just because selections stopped rolling in.
The Nashville veteran kicked out a 16-song set as part of the free performance, his familiar anthems and unmistakable charisma pouring down Lower Broadway.
“I love saying I live in Nashville, Tennessee,” McGraw, age 51, proclaimed from the league’s massive Broadway stage. “There’s not a better place in the world.”
He spent time tossing footballs into the crowd and lauding Titans controlling owner Amy Adams Strunk or NFL commissioner Roger Goodell for bringing such a party to the city he loves.
McGraw balanced modern ballads (2019’s “Thought About You) with tried-and-true radio smashes (2003’s “Real Good Man” or 1998’s “One Of These Days”), playing centered on a stage that measures at an eye-opening 165-feet long and 460-feet wide.
“This is the first church of country music on Broadway, right here in Nashville,” he said.
The NFL Draft drew over 600 thousand people to Music City and was viewed by 47.5 Million. This was the largest concert, on the largest stage in Nashville’s history.
Likin’ and lovin’ the draft
On the main stage, McGraw climbed down to the street and led a candid singalong to “Felt Good On My Lips.” He following by closing his initial set with a snowball of his most beloved cuts: “I Like It, I Love It” into “Humble and Kind” and “Live Like You Were Dying.”
McGraw’s wife and fellow award-winning star Faith Hill made a brief cameo during “I Like It, I Love It,” singing a section of the chorus and waving happily to onlookers.