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Jon Pardi Prepped for Knee Surgery

Jon Pardi

‘Up All Night’ singer Jon Pardi will go under the knife on Wednesday (Dec. 18), which will ultimately improve his on-stage performance. Pardi is having knee surgery from a high school injury and hopes that it will help him get back to dancing on stage.

The ex-high school football player says an injury ended his football career, but it didn’t stop him from pursuing his country dreams.

“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,” Pardi tells Country Weekly. “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.”

The surgery will repair the 28-year-old’s meniscus and hopefully get him back to where he wants to be on stage.

“It really started bugging me when it started affecting my onstage dancing,” he jokes. “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 is getting healthy just in time for his debut album, ‘Write You a Song,’ set to drop next month.

“I will spend the next few weeks recuperating, working and doing some physical therapy, but also celebrating Christmas,” the singer shares of his recovery time. “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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