Ravens kicker Justin Tucker was named the NFL’s first “Most Valuable Performer” with his opera performance of “Ave Maria” on Thursday night.
Competing in a one-hour interactive talent show on CBS against five other NFL players, Tucker was announced the winner over Carolina Panthers running back Jonathan Stewart and Cleveland Browns guard Kevin Zeitler, who were selected as finalists by a three-judge panel of New York Giants wide receiver Brandon Marshall and actors Katharine McPhee and Maz Jobrani.
After the final performances, Tucker, who began singing opera in college, won a fan vote on CBS.com and earned $50,000 for the charity of his choice: the Baltimore School for the Arts.
Cody and Jacob Hollister of the New England Patriots, who would have competed together, did not participate because of Super Bowl obligations. Peko competed as an alternate, singing and playing the guitar. Zeitler performed tricks with a dog and Stewart played piano.