DENVER — Football fans may recognize the name, but instead of learning a playbook, these days Ben Utecht is finding the right note.
“It’s a very vulnerable place to be. Not wearing a helmet, not wearing pads, not yards away from fans. I’m right there,” the former NFL tight end explains.
Concert halls are a new venue for Ben. Performing is not. He was involved with music growing up, and even recorded his first album when he was still in the League, but it was only four years that the football field was his main stage.
“I wish I was back on the field sometimes, but transitioning into something I love, like singing, has really helped that process.”
A severe concussion ended his career early, but not before winning the Super Bowl with Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts.
Ben says, “He’s the best because he’s such a student of the game and the things I learned from him in that regard, how to prepare for your craft, I’ll keep for the rest of my life.”
While he continues to perform with some of the best musicians in the business, Ben says he has become a Broncos fan.
“I’m hoping he [Peyton Manning] can bring a championship back to Denver, which I don’t doubt he can do.”
Ben was in Denver performing a Valentine’s night concert with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra.