ESPN Music: Brett Favre

Singer Skylar Grey talks Packers, Ducks love

December, 13, 2012
Skylar GreyCourtesy Michael DonovanThe Wisconsin native grew up rooting for the Packers and adopted the Ducks football team when she lived in Oregon.
On the night Carmelo Anthony made his New York Knicks debut, Feb. 23, 2011, Madison Square Garden played Skylar Grey’s “I’m Coming Home” in honor of the Brooklyn-born player.

Grey, a popular multi-instrumentalist, singer and songwriter who penned Eminem and Rihanna's No. 1 hit “Love the Way You Lie,” eventually saw the video of the Garden player introductions featuring Anthony.

“It was awesome,” the offbeat, soft-spoken Midwesterner told ESPN Playbook last week.

Now, Grey is letting it be known she would love to perform “I’m Coming Home” at the Garden or at one of her favorite sports settings, Lambeau Field. The 26-year-old grew up just outside of Madison, Wis., and she and her family were such big fans of the Green Bay Packers that her dad, Gene, made an unannounced visit to Brett Favre’s family house one day.

Grey shared that surreal story with ESPN Playbook, along with her infatuation of the Packers and Oregon Ducks, as well as the sports she enjoyed then and now. Her latest obsession is bicycling, which she shows off in the song she debuted this week, “C’mon Let Me Ride,” featuring Eminem. It's the lead single from her upcoming debut album, “Don’t Look Down.”

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Nick Jonas, Ne-Yo in flag football game

June, 22, 2012
CHICAGO -- Singer Nick Jonas, actor Terry Crews and singer Ne-Yo were among the handful of celebrities playing in the annual Madden NFL Pigskin Pro-Am on a sticky Friday afternoon at Grant Park.

The event, to be broadcast on television in the fall to market the Madden game, is a flag football contest in which current and former NFL players face off against celebrities. More than 2,000 fans were in attendance.

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AP Photo/Evan AgostiniNick Jonas was among the celebrities playing on Friday.
"Look at my arm. I already have this burn when I caught the pass from Donovan McNabb, but it's all good," said Jonas, who just wrapped his Broadway show and is back in the studio with his brothers recording their first new CD in three years. "It's an exciting day out here. I've been having so much fun lately. It's been an incredible journey."

The athletes competing include McNabb, Marcus Allen, Cris Carter, Brett Favre, Michael Irvin, Jerry Rice, Barry Sanders and Deion Sanders. The result of the game is embargoed until the TV show.

For Ne-Yo, the game is a chance to redeem himself.

"Did you see me at the celebrity game at the NBA All-Star Weekend? That was not my finest hour," Ne-Yo said. "I'm not actually good at basketball. I love playing football. This is much better for me."

Ne-Yo said he's felt blessed and can't wait for his new CD R.E.D to come out Sept. 18.

"That means realizing every dream," Ne-Yo said. "That's 100 percent true. I'm realizing my dreams. It's a beautiful thing."