WATCH NOW: Post Super Bowl, Chase Rice reveals who he was rooting for, and who he wanted to see during halftime

ABC/Image Group LALike many country fans, Chase Rice thought Chris Stapleton might make an appearance during Justin Timberlake‘s Super Bowl LII halftime show performance Sunday night. At the Country Radio Seminar in Nashville today, the former college football star told ABC Radio that he was rooting for Stapleton…as well as for the New England Patriots.

“I thought we were gonna have a little bit of country last night, I’m not gonna lie,” Chase tells ABC Radio. “I thought Stapleton was gonna work his way in there, he never did. But man, I thought it was great, I thought it was entertaining.”

Chase adds, “Timberlake does what Timberlake does. He’s a pro about it, he gets up there, does his moves, sings his parts, and he knows what he’s good at…he put it out there last night.”

As for the Patriots, Chase, a one-time NFL prospect, says he’s been a fan of the team since high school because he “likes the way they win.”  While he no longer plays, he says he’s brought the football mindset to his country music career.

“In my mind, I’m like, ‘Hey, it’s the best song, if you’re the best guy, it’s your spot,’ and that’s not always the way it is,” he admits. 

But, he adds, “I’m not gonna let outside stuff affect who I am and what I’m gonna do and what my job is. My job is to write songs, sing ’em, get ’em out there and have people sing ’em back to me, and make sure that those people singing back to me have the absolute best time of their lives.”

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