L-R: Rick Karle and Garth Brooks. (Source: WBRC video)
BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) -
You may know him as one of the world's top musical artists, but 53-year-old Garth Brooks, who has sold more albums than The Beatles, is one of the biggest sports fans you can find.
The Oklahoma native was a 3-sport athlete in high school and went onto star on the Oklahoma State track and field team (he was a javelin thrower). Before he was signed to his first record deal, Brooks dabbled in amateur sports and at one time was a bouncer at a night club.
In recent years the sports lover (whose three kids have been involved heavily in sports) has played spring training baseball with the likes of the San Diego Padres, Kansas City Royals and New York Mets (where he went 0-for-17 in the pre-season).
From the NBA to World Cup soccer, Brooks keeps an eye on sports from around the world, in fact he's married to a former Georgia Bulldog (Trisha Yearwood). He is also heavily involved in his own "Teammates For Kids" foundation. Brooks and his aides have worked with over 3,000 professional athletes to help donate over $100 million to youth sports.
This weekend Garth Brooks plays three shows in Birmingham, but before he faces huge crowds at Legacy Arena, he faced Rick Karle's "Fast Five." The subject? What else, sports!