NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Friday, December 11, 2015, 2:51 PM
Ravens kicker Justin Tucker did not boot his most recent performance.
The 26-year-old delivered a stirring rendition of “Ave Maria” at Catholic Charities of Baltimore’s Christmas Concert Thursday night.
Tucker, a baritone, began singing opera in college. A recording technology major, he told the NFL Network that he had to take voice lessons as a part of his course load, which is how he discovered his talent.
“I’m sure there have been a couple of guys who have played football and sung a little opera on the side,” he joked with Joe Buck.
Sam Koch, the Ravens’ punter, told the NFL Network that Tucker routinely sings opera in the shower at the team facility.
“It echos through the locker room,” he said.
“It’s impressive,” head coach John Harbaugh told the NFL Network. “I don’t know where it comes from. It comes from God, I guess. It’s way down deep inside.”
Tucker, a practicing Catholic, was reportedly in demand. Edward Polochik, the conductor, told ESPN.com that they had heard that Tucker turned down opportunities from the Baltimore Symphony and New York Opera, so they called on a higher power to get him.
“I said … tell him that the Archbishop wants him to sing this year. Then when he is place-kicking, we know he’ll have the real connection.”