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NFL Players Choir Movin’ on to Next round of ‘America’s Got Talent’ – WATCH Their ‘Lean on Me’ Performance

NFL Players Choir & 'AGT' host Terry Crews
NFL Players Choir & ‘AGT’ host Terry Crews

*The NFL Players Choir performed not once, but twice last Tuesday night’s (06-14-22) “America’s Got Talent.”

Following a pair of renditions of Bill Withers’ classic “Lean on Me,” the NFL Players Choir will continue performing on the national television stage as it advanced with three “yes” votes from judges Simon Cowell, Heidi Klum and Sofia Vergara.

Host Terry Crews, who was drafted and played for the Los Angeles Rams, along with the Chargers and Washington in the 1990s, was also complimentary of the choir’s showing.

Debuting as a group in 2008 at Super Bowl XLII, the NFL Players Choir is comprised of current and former NFL players including choir director Demarcus Williams, Tully Bunta-Cain, Michael Gaines, Bryant McKenzie, Isaiah McKenzie, Cameron Newton, Steve Pierce, Nick Roach, Bryan Scott, Willie Yarborough and Leonard Weaver, who performed on AGT.

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The choir performs annually at the Super Bowl Gospel Celebration and performed the National Anthem at February’s 2022 Pro Bowl in Las Vegas.

Performing on AGT under the musical direction of choir director Demarcus Williams (Denver Broncos), featured performers were Isaiah Roshard McKenzie, Buffalo Bills; Willie Eugene Yarbary, USFL (previously Chargers); Bryan Scott, Atlanta Falcons; Bryant D. McKinnie, Jr., Vikings; Cameron Newton, Falcons; Leonard Weaver III, Seattle Seahawks; Michael Gaines, Carolina Panthers; Stephen Pierce, Cleveland Browns; Dwayne Wright, Pittsburgh Steelers; Nick Roach, Oakland Raiders; Tully Banta-Cain, New England Patriots; Ray McElroy, Indianapolis Colts; Tommie Harris, Bears; Terrence Stephens, Cincinnati Bengals; Tyrell Adams, Jaguars; Jamon Brown, Los Angeles Rams; Prince Amukamara, Giants; and Caraun Reid, Detroit Lions.

Following their rendition of “Lean on Me,” the choir got healthy applause from the audience and a good reaction by the judges. However, Cowell surprised the performers and the audience when he asked for an encore, only this time without a track playing.


Coming through in the clutch, the players stepped up and belted out an a cappella version of “Lean on Me” and elicited a resounding ovation — and the aforementioned 3-0 yes vote to move past the audition.

How far the NFL Players Choir can go remains to be seen, but Cowell was particularly impressed by their skills and intangibles.

“I can tell you really want to win,” he said, “and I love that.”
source: twhittenpr

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