Justin Tucker Shows Off His Pipes, Wins NFL Talent Show on CBS

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Tucker sings “Ave Maria.” Still via CBS/Twitter.

We all know Justin Tucker can sing with the best of them, and now he’s got an award to show for it.

Last night, Tucker performed “Ave Maria” on CBS’ “Most Valuable Performer,” a one-night talent show that lets NFL players show off their off-gridiron skills. Tucker was joined by teammates Brandon Williams and Alex Collins, Denver Broncos defensive tackle Domata Peko, Carolina Panthers running back Jonathan Stewart and Cleveland Browns offensive lineman Kevin Zeitler.

Williams sang Bruno Mars’ “That’s What I Like” in stellar fashion, and Collins reminded us that he’s a talented Irish step dancer, but Tucker was the only Raven to make it into the finals.

Here’s the chill-inducing performance that ultimately won the whole thing for Tucker.

His vocal talent is really no secret. Tucker graduated with a degree in music from the University of Texas before signing with the Ravens as an undrafted free agent in 2012. His live performances are rare, though he did deliver while singing with a choir at the Basilica downtown, and has also at least been heard in commercials. Tucker has said the work he puts into his craft helps him on the field.

And it appears to be working. He won a Super Bowl with the Ravens in his rookie year and has earned multiple Pro Bowl appearances and set franchise and NFL kicking records over the last few seasons. Even in 2017, in which he was snubbed for a third Pro Bowl, he hit 34 of 37 field goal attempts and was among the NFL’s top-scoring kickers.

Despite the snub, Tucker gets to walk away from the season with his own MVP award from CBS’ talent show–and he gets to use that to help out. Tucker has agreed to donate his $50,000 in winnings to the Baltimore School for the Arts.

“Hopefully, we’re going to keep encouraging Baltimore’s youth to stay involved in music, dance and all of the fine arts,” he said on Thursday night.

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