Q&A: Faith Hill
The country music star opens up on her beloved Titans and friendship with Brett Farve
Posted: Friday November 2, 2007 3:47PM; Updated: Friday November 2, 2007 3:47PM
Last week SI writer Richard Deitsch interviewed country music star Faith Hill (she's married to singer Tim McGraw) for the magazine's Q&A. Hill sings the theme for NBC's Sunday Night Football. Here are additional excerpts from their conversation:
SI.com: There's two minutes left in the game and your team needs a touchdown. Is your quarterback Brett Favre or Vince Young?
Hill: Oh, my God. You did not just ask me that question.
SI.com: I did.
Hill: It has to be Vince Young but the thing about both guys is that they are capable of running in for a score. But I'm going to be in trouble for saying Vince.
Hill: Well, we are Titans supporters 150 percent, but the New Orleans Saints were the team I grew up watching with my Mom. She was a huge football fan. And Tim being from Louisiana, that was his team. So that's a team we always pull for. And, of course, Green Bay, because of our relationship with Brett. He's a great friend.
SI.com: How did you and the Farves become friends?
Hill: Tim and Brett were friends and I'm not sure how. It just happened. I don't remember how that came about, but Tim has always known Brett since I've known Tim. I think they can talk about similar things.
SI.com: Brett said that Tim out-punted his coverage when he married you. You agree?
Hill: The fact that it comes Brett Favre, a fellow Mississippian, is a complement, but he certainly did not out punt his coverage. I can say I out punted mine.
SI.com: What's Tim's most annoying habit when it comes to sports?
Hill: Yelling at the screen. But it's not annoying. It's become entertaining.
SI.com: Does he do that often?
Hill: Well, at first it was just interesting to sit back and watch. As a wife, you are like, "Gosh, haven't you seen four football games today? Do you really need to see another one." But then it becomes a part of a lifestyle during the football season. The whole family gets involved. He becomes very entertaining and I actually find myself yelling at the screen sometimes as well. I've also learned never to ask a question during a replay. I have to wait until a commercial. In the beginning I would ask things in the middle of a replay and he would be like, "Wait. Wait. Wait. Don't. Just one second, honey" Now he just holds his hand up. I guess that's what happens after 11 years of marriage.
SI.com: As a kid, did you grow up dreaming of singing a football theme song for a network?
Hill: No (laughs). It's not something I thought much about, really.
SI.com: Do you have a baseball team you support?
Hill: Well, it would have to be the Mets and Phillies because Tim's dad (Tug McGraw) played for them. For me, it's the Boston Red Sox.
SI: The Red Sox?
Hill: I'm not even sure why but I just like the Red Sox. Maybe it's because I bought one of their hats years ago when I was on tour just to go out. It sounds lame but that is the team I really like. But I don't know nearly as much about baseball as I do about football.
SI.com: What kind of role does sports play in the Hill-McGraw household?
Hill: We love sports. It is a great way to spend time as a family together. Our oldest daughter plays basketball and softball. Our 9-year-old Maggie wants to start playing basketball this year. She takes gymnastics. Sports encourages sportsmanship and physical activity which is good for kids in terms of running some steam off. It teaches them how to follow rules and be a good team player. But both Tim and I grew up playing sports. I ran track, played basketball and softball. I was a cheerleader and kept score for the baseball team. I did just about everything I could possible do at this small school I attended.
SI.com: At McLaurin High in Star, Miss, you ran middle distance. What was your event?
Hill: I ran the 880 relay and 440 and 220.
SI.com: Were you any good?
Hill: I was good. I was not the fastest on the team.This girl Ruth was the fastest. I saw her recently and she works for the courthouse in Jackson, Miss. She was the sports hero in terms of the girls at our school.
SI.com: You've got some height. What was your position in basketball?
Hill: I was a forward and center. I didn't play my junior and senior year because at that time I was doing so much work outside of school and singing that I was not as much interested in it. I love softball, though. I usually played on an outside team either a church league. I played volleyball, too.