If you really think about it, it’s not surprising athletes have attempted to cross over to the music world.
These are intensely successful people who’ve been told they’re God’s gift to everything since junior high. A celebrated college run and lucrative pro career only bolsters this confidence further.
So when a manager approaches them with the information that a record company wants to give them a sack of money to sing into a microphone for three hours, who’s going to tell them it’s a bad idea? Certainly not the cadre of yes-men that serve as handlers.
Of course, this is a bad idea. Ruben Studdard, American’s Idol’s “Velvet Teddy Bear,” cannot block Justin Tuck. We can’t expect Jets center Nick Mangold to nail Adele’s “Someone Like You.”
And yet, many a compact disc have been sacrificed at the altar of jock hubris. This spans across all sports, and the NFL isn’t immune. Consider the following list a cautionary tale for Victor Cruz, who’s probably scheduled to record his own salsa album sometime next week. Step away from the mic, VC.
Onto the list …
Terry Bradshaw: “I’m so Lonesome I Could Cry”
Before he was best known for getting berated by Ann Mara on national television, Terry Bradshaw was a Super Bowl hero for the Steelers. This success swung the doors open to the world of country music, and Bradshaw released three albums between 1976 and 1981. His cover of the Hank Williams classic “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry” reached No. 17 on the country charts.
This makes Bradshaw the Elvis of NFL recording artists. I hope this provides some perspective.
Deion Sanders: “Must be the Money”
Deion Sanders was the greatest cornerback on the planet when he released “Must Be The Money,” the lead single off his 1994 album “Prime Time.” The video was outstanding (as you can plainly see above), but the single failed to chart. AllMusic.com writer Dan LeRoy noted that Sanders’ “nasal rapping and inability to offer any references beyond his own rags-to-riches sports biography make this one a yawner almost from the outset.”
I’d add more, but NFL.com and NFL Network exist under the same roof.
Free Reign: One Step Away
Dolphins tackle Marc Colombo, Lions guard Leonard Davis and free agent guard Cory Procter formed this metal band in which Colombo handles vocals. The group released the album “Heavier Than Metal” last April. I can’t imagine they’re the first band to use that album title.
Anyway, Colombo cites Metallica frontman James Hetfield as a major influence, according to the good folks over at ultimate-guitar.com. In 2010, the group captured the “Most Metal Athletes” award at the Golden Gods Awards. I’d love to know who else was in the running (crossing my fingers it was Tyler Palko).
Ben Utecht: “I Pray”
Ben Utecht is a former NFL tight end who won a Super Bowl ring with the Colts in 2007. According to his official website, Utecht is a football player by trade, but a follower of Jesus by desire. This couldn’t have sit well with Peyton Manning.
Utecht released his self-titled debut album in 2009, and recently released a Christmas album. “I Pray” is off that record. What else can you really say about Ben Utecht?
Connersvine: “Lay Down”
Connervine is notable because former Colts punter Hunter Smith is one part of the two-man band. Another Christian rocker, Hunter’s music is described on Wikipedia as “acoustic-driven rock sound that communicates through worshipful melodies and passionate vocals.” Whatever you say, guys.
– Dan Hanzus