By Kevin Rutherford
You probably wouldn’t peg One Direction‘s Harry Styles as an American football fan at first glance, and no one can blame you. The British boy band heart-throb comes from a country where the type of football known as soccer Stateside is the chief focus, with the American version paid little mind.
And yet, Styles’ Twitter account was punctuated last Sunday (Nov. 9) with retweets from his favorite football team, the Green Bay Packers. A normal tweet from the NFL team’s official Twitter might normally garner around 300 retweets and 400 favorites when it’s game time. Once a Styles retweet comes into play? Try 15,000 retweets and 40,000 favorites.
Call him the Packers’ best hype man—and perhaps, simultaneously, the Packers social team’s best and worst enemy; sure, there’s more social interaction on the account, but boy, those replies to the tweets in question.
The One Directioner isn’t the only high-profile sports fan whose fandom brings even more attention to their favorite sports team than what they might’ve experienced before. Here’s a few other musicians whose love for their teams knows no bounds.
Jay Z – Brooklyn Nets
Again, sort of obvious. Drake’s love affair with the Raptors is well documented, especially since being named the team’s global ambassador earlier this year. Of course, he hasn’t yet suited up in a warmup — that honor resides solely with the Kentucky Wildcats, with whom he warmed up this year and tossed up an air ball. Better fan than player? His “0 to 100” boast (“Steph Curry with the shot”) props him up, but that air ball suggests otherwise.
Kid Rock – Detroit Pistons
The country rocker won’t let you hear the end of his love for Detroit, so it’s only natural he’d be a fan of Stan Van Gundy’s squad. Most recently, he performed at halftime in the Palace of Auburn Hills in what the venue called “one of the most sophisticated and technologically advanced halftime shows in sports.”