Esera Tuaolo, a former defensive tackle player in the National Football League (NFL), recently nailed his blind audition during the season 13 premiere of NBC’s “The Voice” on Monday night.
Tuaolo, who first played for the Green Bay Packers from 1991 to 1992, stunned the crowd and judges with his own rendition of Andra Day’s “Rise Up” from the 2015 album “Cheers to the Fall”.
Before taking to the stage, the 49-year-old former athlete revealed the feeling he had when he came out after his run in the NFL.
“When I finished in the NFL, I came out to my family. When I said those words for the first [time], when I said that I was gay, it was like this huge mountain just crumbled. I felt light as a feather, but when I jumped on the scale I was still that 6’4”, 300 pound Samoan that’s gay and played in the NFL,” he said, as reported by People Magazine.
Two of the four judges, Jennifer Hudson and Blake Shelton, were moved by his performance that eventually led to their chairs turning.
Many people were incredibly shocked to see Tuaolo singing on “The Voice” last Monday night, with some taking to Twitter to announce what they wittnessed on their television screens.
My moms watching The Voice and I walked by and former #Viking Esera Tuaolo is on. He can sing too.
— VikingsGraphics (@VikingsGraphics) September 26, 2017
Esera Tuaolo on the voice that’s crazy lol
— kent chamberss (@kchamberss2) September 26, 2017
Former Viking defensive lineman Esera Tuaolo is on The Voice. That is all.
— WhiskeyDave (@wx_dave) September 26, 2017
Randomly stumbled across the Voice to see Esera Tuaolo singing. Very cool. #packers
— Myles Dannhausen (@MylesPulse) September 26, 2017
Esera Tuaolo is currently singing “Rise Up” on The Voice right now, and it’s so good
— Stephen Ray Brown (@srbrown70) September 26, 2017
This is not the first time Tuaolo showcased his incredible singing talent in front of a large audience. In June 2016, he performed “The Star-Spangled Banner” during an Los Angeles Dodgers’ game.
Tuaolo was born in Honolulu, Hawaii on July 11, 1968, and began his professional football career for the Packers in 1992. That same year, he was drafted by the Minnesota Vikings and lasted until 1996.
In 1997, Tuaolo continued his career with the Jacksonville Jaguars. He then moved on to the Atlanta Falcons in 1998, followed by the Carolina Panthers in 1999.
Featured Image via YouTube / The Voice