This former NFL football star tackled an uplifting ballad during “The Voice” blind auditions YouTube/The Voice
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Esera Tuaolo may know what it’s like to have fame on a sports level, but he’s now trying out his talents in a new lane.

The 48-year-old athlete, who once made it to the Super Bowl as a player for the Atlanta Falcons, has traded his football for a microphone in hopes of being the next champion on NBC’s “The Voice.”

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“I was known as Mr. Aloha, because I sang a lot in the locker rooms, and had put singing on the back burner because of football,” Hawaiian native Esera explained before his performance. “But, I got this opportunity from ‘The Voice’ to come back and relive this dream.”

Esera, then, took to his blind audition with a powerful cover of “Rise Up.” His family watched from the sidelines as he used his range and powerful belting voice to win over coaches Jennifer Hudson and Blake Shelton.

“I could just feel your presence,” coach Adam Levine commented after the performance, alluding to Esera’s strapping build. “You have a good voice, but you could also whoop my ass!”

“The way you executed the soaring notes, they were great,” added Jennifer.

“I’m a country singer, but I’ve got a lot of experience doing this with a lot of different types of artists,” said veteran Blake. “I’m a fan of great singers, and you’re one of them!”

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Turns out that Esera chose to go with Team Blake in the end, which is a good thing since Blake admitted that he’s a “football geek” and may drive his new mentee “nuts.”


So, how did you like Esera’s rendition of “Rise Up?” We’d love to hear your thoughts.

Nashville-based writer and Rare Country contributor Melinda Lorge has always been passionate about country music. Follow her @MelindaLorge and join the conversation @RareCountry.
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