Saturday, December 12, 2015

Ravens kicker Justin Tucker gets standing ovation for booming rendition of 'Ave Maria' (VIDEO)

It might come as sort of a surprise to NFL fans when they find out Baltimore Ravens placekicker Justin Tucker not only has a booming kickoff, but a powerful voice to match.

Tucker, one of the best kickers in the league, performed at a charity Christmas concert Thursday night and his stirring rendition of Ave Maria got a standing ovation from the audience.

Looking more like one of The Three Tenors than a three-point specialist, Tucker's soothing baritone voice delighted the capacity crowd at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Mount Vernon.

Tucker, who began singing opera while attending The University of Texas, joined soloist Laura Bruckmann at the concert conducted by Edward Polochick, the Baltimore Sun reported.

"The whole event, the whole concert was truly a blessing to be a part of in such a small way for me," said the talented 26-year-old. "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."

The concert was a benefit for Gallagher Services, a group that supports adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

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