Did you know that on this day in Country Music History in 2002 Toby Keith made his Grand Ole Opry debut?

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Here are 5 interesting facts about Toby Keith.

  • He met his wife, Tricia, in 1979 at a club where his band, Easy Money, was performing; they dated for three years before marrying.
  • For two years during the early '80s, he played defensive end for the Oklahoma Drillers, a semipro team affiliated with the USFL's Oklahoma Outlaws.
  • His 1993 self-titled debut went platinum; and the single "Should've Been a Cowboy" from that album went onto become the most-played country song of the 1990s.
  • He wrote the 2001 single "Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue" in response to the September 11 attacks and as a tribute to his late father's patriotism.
  • He established his own record company, Show Dog Nashville, in 2005. The first album released under the new label was 2006's White Trash With Money.