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How Justin Tucker restored my faith in the Baltimore Ravens

Baltimore Ravens Justin Tucker reacts to his field goal during an NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals in Baltimore on Dec 31, 2017. Turns out, he can also sing "Ave Maria" as CBS TV viewers learned recently when he won the NFL's first "Most Valuable Performer" award.
Baltimore Ravens Justin Tucker reacts to his field goal during an NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals in Baltimore on Dec 31, 2017. Turns out, he can also sing "Ave Maria" as CBS TV viewers learned recently when he won the NFL's first "Most Valuable Performer" award. (Gail Burton / AP)

It’s amazing how one individual can redeem an entire team. But we know that to be true when a kicker scores a field goal in the last seconds of a football game, thereby winning the match for his entire team. We’ve seen that event happen more than once when one of the world’s most famous kickers has done that for his Ravens’ team, and we saw that famous kicker scoring another win Thursday evening on the NFL’s “Most Valuable Performer” television program (“Ravens kicker Justin Tucker wins NFL’s ‘Most Valuable Performer’ show,” Jan. 25).

I had been a loyal fan of the Ravens for some years — most especially because of their quarterback, Joe Flacco, and their kicker and opera vocalist, Justin Tucker. It was the character of these two men as much as it was their performance on the stage of professional football. When the Ravens fell from my grace with many of their fans because of a foolish decision to “take a knee” while our national anthem played at a game in London, I decided that I had to put the team in my rear view mirror. I did so reluctantly.

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But after hearing Ravens kicker Justin Tucker sing “Ave Maria” with his golden voice after a brief interview, I have decided that I must give the Ravens another chance to earn my support because I would not forgive myself otherwise. Once again, Mr. Tucker has redeemed his entire team. Only this time, it was off the football field and on the big stage of music. I’ll not only watch and admire his future kicks, but I will look forward to the day when I can stand in line to purchase a ticket to one of his performances at the Met. I cannot imagine this man ever taking a knee when it comes to decency and patriotism. It’s not in his DNA.

Eugenio M. Albano, Harrisburg, Pa.

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