Billie Joe Armstrong Once Tried To Have A Career In Football But Quit For A Funny Reason

Green Day’s lead singer, Billie Joe Armstrong, revealed a lesser-known chapter of his life in football before choosing the path of music in a new Instagram post.

The musician shared a nostalgic look back at his short-lived football career through a video clip and photo, showing his time as a player in Pop Warner Football. He wrote the following in the caption:

“It’s a little-known fact that I played Pop Warner Football. That’s me running a TD. I gotta say I was pretty fast. Our team was the West County Spartans. We used to play against the Oakland Dynamites and Richmond Steelers. Anyone remember those teams in the Bay? My cousin Shawn was on the team, too! Thanks for the video, cus!”

A Realization On The Field

Sharing the realization that came with high school, Armstrong added:

“It wasn’t long til everyone was bigger than me in high school, and I thought, ‘Maybe I should do something that doesn’t get me smashed.’ Next photo is me and my brother David. He was a great athlete. All league football nose guard. Great baseball catcher, too!”

Honoring A Fallen Hero

Nowadays, the vocalist frequently shares about his past, youth, and family on social media. Billie recently posted a tribute to his uncle, Little Jay Jackson, a Green Beret who died in the Vietnam War. The Green Day frontman shared touching memories and photos of his uncle on Instagram, writing:

“I was reluctant about sharing this post because it’s heart breaking. This is my uncle, Little Jay Jackson. My mom’s youngest brother and the youngest of her 12 siblings. He was in the army. A green beret, I believe… He died in action in the Vietnam War sometime around the Tet Offensive. He served with honor, and that’s something I can respect. I never met him, but by all accounts, he was a great brother and loving father. And a great young athlete.”

Looking forward, Armstrong’s focus returns to music as Green Day prepares for The Saviors tour in 2024. This tour commemorates the 30th anniversary of their seminal album, ‘Dookie,’ with performances scheduled across North America and Europe.

See the video he posted here and the photo below.

Photo Credit: Billie Joe Armstrong – Instagram