Cole Swindell performed music with Super Bowl champion Peyton Manning.
Last year's Academy of Country Music Awards' Best New Artist of the Year spoke to ET ahead of this year's ceremony about the support he's received from the former Denver Broncos quarterback.
"I don't mean to drop any names, but he literally texted me before I left to wish me good luck tonight," the 32-year-old country crooner revealed. "That's pretty darn cool that the Super Bowl champ texted me good luck tonight!"
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Cole went on to describe that he and the NFL pro actually performed a duet together recently at one of Peyton's charity events.
"We sang an old David Allan Coe song," he said. "Probably one of the coolest things I'll ever get to do on stage. I'm a big fan."
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"He invited me," Cole continued, explaining how the performance came to be. "He was so cool to my crew, my band, everybody. He's a good example of how you want to be if you're a superstar like him."
Watch Cole reveal what it was like to win Best New Artist of the Year below.