Darius Rucker's involvement in the NFL predates his illustrious music career. The Rucker family gathered in January 1972 to watch Super Bowl VI between the Dallas Cowboys and the Miami Dolphins.
"I remember asking everyone what team they were cheering for that day," said Rucker, who was 5 at the time. "Everybody was rooting for the Cowboys, so I decided to be a Dolphins fan that day. They lost and I cried."
Next year, the Dolphins achieved the only perfect season in NFL history, which the franchise will honor during its 50th anniversary celebrations later this month when the Dolphins host the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday. night football Rooker remembers that year "being a fan was quite easy".
Rucker, a three-time Grammy winner best known as the lead singer of Hootie and the Blowfish before going solo as a country artist, has even more reason to celebrate this football season with the release of the latest NFL x Darius Rucker collection. . . Fanatics' product line debuted last year with 22 products featuring 32 NFL teams and has expanded to 27 products for the 2022 season, including jerseys, fleece options, outerwear, vests and shorts and pants.
"When I was asked to be a part of it, I was surprised. As a lifelong football fan, it became a reality to create a line of fan clothing inspired by the combination of music and passion for football," said Rucker. "For me, clothing is clothing that I want to wear. Anything along those lines, if it has a Miami Dolphins logo on it, I'll wear it.
BCL Entertainment, a company that specializes in collaborating talent with brands, announced the partnership between Fanatics, the NFL and Rooker, adding that the partnership was a "labor of love."
One of Rooker's favorite pieces from the original version was the olive green button down shirt jacket, which he wanted to bring back and create a new iteration in the new line.
"I used to wear this jacket like crazy in the winter," he said. "Campus are also very important, because I wear them at home and when I travel. Those are the two things I wanted to bring back."
Having just wrapped up his summer tour, which included opening the Riverfront Revival Festival in his hometown of Charleston, Rucker is looking forward to the release of his next album, due out this winter, and his first solo project since 'When.' "It was the last time."
Despite his busy schedule, Rooker has found time to connect with his beloved Dolphins, who host the Minnesota Vikings on Sundays and manage five fantasy football teams. In fantasy football leagues, Aaron Rodgers is the top player if he is available.