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Pardi undergoes knee surgery

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Pardi told Country Weekly that the injury ended his high school football career. "I wish I could say it happened during one of those plays with two minutes left to win the game, but it certainly wasn't as exciting as that," he said. "I was a junior, and it was homecoming, and I went up to catch a pass, and my knee just popped. It basically ended my football career."

"It really started bugging me when it started affecting my onstage dancing," he joked. "I'd get all into the music and start dancing around and try to do some karate chops up onstage, and before I knew it, I would get stuck in some crazy George Strait position. It wasn't pretty."

Pardi's debut, "Write You a Song," will be out Jan. 14. He has a hit on his hands with Up All Night.

"I will spend the next few weeks recuperating, working and doing some physical therapy, but also celebrating Christmas," said the California native. "I'm planning to get a big ol' Christmas tree and have a party for all my friends in Nashville. We are going to have turkey and stuffing and eat until we pass out."

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