5 Things You Never Knew About ACM Awards Co-Host Luke Bryan

Wendy Geller
Senior Editor
Our Country

He's one of country's biggest stars right now: Not only is Luke Bryan up for Entertainer of the Year at the 2014 Academy of Country Music Awards, he's also poised to co-host the whole entire show this weekend (along with buddy Blake Shelton). Suffice to say, we all know he's a pretty talented guy, but here's a few other interesting things you may not know about Bryan!

1. He was a late bloomer, artistically speaking, and didn't record his first album until he was 31. Bryan originally planned to move to Nashville instead of going to college, but his brother's death in a car crash that year made him reconsider and stay in Georgia for awhile. His first big break when he moved there in 2004 was writing the title track of Travis Tritt's 2004 album, "My Honky Tonk History."

2. He co-owns outdoor sporting label Buck Commander with his friend, "Duck Dynasty" star Willie Robertson.

3. He may hunt and fish, but he's also got a sensitive side. In fact, he says he cried like a baby watching "Marley and Me" (and he's a bit of a thespian himself, having starred in his high-school production of "Annie Get Your Gun").

4. He was run over by a car in grade school as he was walking his then-girlfriend to the bus! Bryan told Great American Country that instead of being rewarded for his chivalry, he almost got paddled by the school principal for not being in class.

5 . He says it was love at first sight when he met his wife. However, when Caroline Boyer first ran into Bryan at Dingus McGee's (a local bar near Georgia Southern University, where they were both students), she didn't exactly feel the same way. She says she never thought she'd date a band guy or a singer because she always liked athletes! The couple found themselves dating on and off for two and a half years, broke up for another five, and then got back together. They are now married and have two sons. In a recent interview with Good Housekeeping, Bryan said he gives his sweetie a foot rub every night before they go to bed. Awww!