Baltimore Ravens kicker Justin Tucker has got some pipes.
The 26-year-old may be known for kicking footballs between uprights, but perhaps he should be more known for his operatic voice. Tucker sang the standard “Ave Maria” last night for a charity event at Baltimore’s Basilica of the National Shrine of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and he absolutely killed it.
.@jtuck9 swapped his uniform for a tux for his performance with the Concert Artists of Baltimore.
Nice pipes, Tuck.https://t.co/W5HdOO8sGx
— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) December 11, 2015
“The whole event, the whole concert was truly a blessing to be a part of in such a small way for me,” Tucker told the Baltimore Sun‘s Sarah Meehan. “All the musicians were so talented and there was a great turnout, and it was all for a great cause, which makes it that much better.
“It’s way more nerve-wracking to sing in front of a group of people because quite frankly that’s not my element. Kicking a ball in front of tens of thousands of people in a stadium and a bunch more watching on TV, that’s totally our comfort zone.”
Tucker’s musical acumen shouldn’t come as a surprise, as he graduated from Texas with a degree in music. His singing has also been featured in several commercials, most recently for Royal Farms coffee. Former Texas long snapper Trey Wier said back in 2012 Tucker used to perform for his teammates.
“I guess he loves to hear his voice echo in [the showers] or something weird,” Wier told the Baltimore Sun. “If he was singing, he was just being loud. Not going to lie, though, it sounded pretty good.”
I’d have to agree with Wier’s assessment.