Isaiah McKenzie of the Buffalo Bills recently showed the world that his talents extend beyond being a wide receiver when he appeared on the hit TV show, “America’s Got Talent.”
Just last month, the football player made appeared before the judgmental eyes of the greatest entertainment critics of all time. McKenzie, as a part of the NFL Player Choir, sang the song “Lean On Me” alongside his fellow athletes. According to the man himself, he was hand selected to do the performance.
“(They) told me I was handpicked, and (I) didn’t know how, I didn’t know what to think,” McKenzie relayed. “I’m not really handpicked for a lot of things – me, ‘cause I’m small, and everything like that. Who would have thought I’d be handpicked to sing in a choir? It was pretty cool.”
The Players Choir had its start in 2008 following the annual Super Bowl Gospel Celebration. Since then, the size of the choir has ranged from small to large and their most recent notable performance occurred on the NBC show.
“It was a great song. It went well for the type of sport we play,” McKenzie said, speaking in regards to the song his group decided to sing. “It went well with what we do in life or we do in our careers – current and former players just helping one another out.”
Isaiah McKenzie opens up about nervewracking performance in front of judges
While the performance itself was exciting, the lessons the wide receiver took away from the event are what matter most to him. Despite being in front of Simon Cowell, a notorious judge for his withering stare and snide comments, the football player was confident in himself and his ability to perform. “I feel like they’re a tough crowd,” he noted. “… Because I know how they’re gonna get at me when they see it.”
“It’s gonna be jokingly, but they’re gonna get at me. And I just got to sit there and laugh it off or whatever, but I’m cool with it,” McKenzie explained. He went on to share that as long as he is able to express himself in the most authentic way, he is happy.
McKenzie offered the sentiments, “Whether it’s football or non-football related, I want to be myself wherever I am. Whether it’s football or non-football related, I want to be myself wherever I am.”
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