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Chase Rice performs with his band at the 4th Annual ACM Party for a Cause Festival at the Las Vegas Festival Grounds in L:as Vegas, in this Sunday, April 3, 2016, file photo. Like many young football players growing up in North Carolina, Chase Rice had his sights set on the NFL. (Photo by Eric Jamison/Invision/AP, File) **FILE**

Linebacker-turned-singer now tackling music stardom

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The linebacker who tore up the ACC in 2006 tore up his left ankle in the season opener as a junior. Though he returned in 2007, Chase Rice already knew pro football player was not going to be on his resume. Country music star would be.

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Pall Bearers carry the coffin of the Duke of Edinburgh into St George's Chapel for his funeral, as members of the royal family including Princess Anne, right, Prince Andrew, Prince Edward, Prince William and Sir Tim Laurence follow, at Windsor Castle, in Windsor, England, Saturday April 17, 2021. Prince Philip died April 9 at the age of 99 after 73 years of marriage to Britain's Queen Elizabeth II. (Danny Lawson/Pool via AP)

AP PHOTOS: Reflections on a royal funeral amid a pandemic

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Britain's Prince William, left, and Prince Harry follow the coffin as it slowly makes its way in a ceremonial procession during the funeral of Britain's Prince Philip inside Windsor Castle in Windsor, England, Saturday, April 17, 2021. (Gareth Fuller/Pool via AP)

Harry, William seen chatting together after royal funeral

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Bayern's Jamal Musiala, second right, celebrates after scoring his side's third goal during the German Bundesliga soccer match between VfL Wolfsburg and FC Bayern Munich in Wolfsburg, Germany, Saturday, April 17, 2021. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)

Bayern closes in on title as Flick says he wants to leave

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