I had the unique opportunity to talk with a couple of people Brantley Gilbert knew very well while attending high school at Jefferson High School and growing up. 

Doug Thurmond was Brantley's football coach, as well as a family friend and has known Brantley all his life. 

Bob Gurley taught Brantley as a 9th grader in American Government, was his varsity football and baseball coach, as well as his neighbor.

Chuck Cook was Brantley's varsity baseball coach, JV football coach and is a good family friend.