Pro-football player Ben Utecht of the Cincinnati Bengals released his debut Christian music album this week after years of singing in churches and at numerous college and pro-sports events.

The NFL tight end celebrated the release of his self-titled album with a concert at Montgomery Community Church in Cincinnati earlier this week and plans to hold a second release concert this Sunday in the Indianapolis area.

“It was amazing! I couldn’t believe it was actually happening,” Utecht reported Wednesday after his first concert. “I was really on stage pouring out my heart in music.”

Though some may be skeptical about the musical abilities of a pro-football player, Utecht has wowed professionals in the Christian music industry, including CCM artist Jeremy Camp and southern gospel singer and songwriter Bill Gaither. […]