Texas kicker Justin Tucker (19) is lifted up by teammates after kicking the game-winning field goal as time expired in an NCAA college football game against Texas A&M, Thursday, Nov. 24, 2011, in College Station, Texas. Texas beat Texas A&M 27-25. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)


Former Longhorn shows off his opera skills

Posted December 11th, 2015


Former Longhorn kicker Justin Tucker now plays with the Baltimore Ravens, but showed off another one of his talents Thursday. The Ravens tweeted a video of his rendition of “Ave Maria” with the Concert Artists of Baltimore.

The Ravens kicker received a standing ovation at the end of his performance in front of the packed Basilica of the National Shrine of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary.  Although the venue seats around 700, more seats needed to be added because of Tucker’s high-profile cameo.

According to ESPN, Tucker was a guest performer at the Catholic Charities’ Christmas Festival Thursday night, and sang in front of over 600 people. Tucker did not just pick up music as a whim, however; he majored in recording technology at UT and was a student of professor and famous opera singer Nikita Storojev. His UT football player profile listed singing as one of his interests, and stated that “Nobody knows that I can rap and make beats.”

The concert that Tucker sang at benefited Gallagher Services, a charity that provides “services, care, training, and therapy for adults with intellectual disabilities.”

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