Former NFL Lineman Esera Tuaolo Wows “The Voice” Coaches With His Powerful Version Of “Rise Up”


“The Voice” is back! Whether it’s better than ever remains to be seen, but after the first night of blind auditions we already know that this season is big on talent. What stood out about the auditions is how the big voices came from unexpected people. Take Esera Tuaolo, for example: former NFL defensive lineman and current LGBT advocate. No one expected a 49-year-old man to be on the stage, but who will work harder than a professional athlete?

Blake and Jennifer looked surprised when they turned to see Tuaolo.

Adam called himself a “total moron” for not turning around.

Tuaolo’s age and size were the smallest surprises in the Hawaiian’s story

Tuaolo is the only rookie to start every game for the Green Bay Packers. He won the NFC Championship in 1998 with the Atlanta Falcons. Even though he lost the Super Bowl to the Denver Broncos, he is the last player to ever sack John Elway. After the NFL, Tuaolo came out as gay and now runs an anti-bullying organization in Minneapolis Minnesota.

Ultimately, he went to Team Blake.

We think he would have done well on Jennifer’s team, but who knows? He could wow us all!