From a NASCAR pit crew member to ‘Survivor’ star, Chase Rice still prefers country music

At just 31 years old, rising country music star Chase Rice has already led a rather interesting life.

Long before he was known for singles such as “Ready Set Roll,” “Gonna Wanna Tonight” and his latest, “Everybody We Know Does,” Rice was a promising linebacker for the University of North Carolina Tar Heels, but an injury sidelined any dreams of an NFL career.

After graduating, through a contact he made in college, Rice was picked up to be part of the Hendrick Motorsports pit crew for NASCAR driver Ryan Newman and went on to serve on Jimmie Johnson’s crew, which won a couple of Sprint Cup championships during his time there.

As if all that excitement wasn’t enough, Rice then became a contestant on CBS’ “Survivor: Nicaragua” in 2010 and ended up one vote shy of winning the million dollar prize, which he lost to Jud “Fabio” Birza.

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