The Ravens haven’t had much to celebrate so far this season, so this performance by their kicker might go down as their most impressive “highlight” of the year.
Last night, Justin Tucker—who unbeknownst to, well, almost everyone can sing—agreed to perform “Ave Maria” in front of a standing room only crowd at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary in Baltimore during a charity Christmas concert. Apparently, Tucker has turned down the opportunity to perform at the Baltimore Symphony and the New York Opera in the past, but Catholic Charities was able to get him to sing by calling on a higher power.
“They said, ‘Well, somebody on the committee knows somebody who knows somebody who knows the handler of Justin Tucker,’” conductor Edward Polochick told those in attendance, according to ESPN. “I said, ‘Then tell the somebody to tell the somebody to 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.’”
Ah, nothing like a nudge from an Archbishop to get the job done.
But seriously, Tucker’s performance was incredible. It was so good that we don't think the Archbishop would have minded if he would have done this after it was over:
See for yourself in the clip above. Who knew Tucker could sing like this?
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