VIA: Miami Herald
Philadelphia Eagles fullback Leonard Weaver made his first Pro Bowl this season and earned his first All-Pro honor.
Weaver, however, does not consider himself an All-Pro when it comes to singing.
“I’m about a 2 on a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 being the worst,” Weaver cracked.
Regardless of his singing prowess or lack thereof, Weaver and several other NFL players sang at the 11th Super Bowl Gospel Celebration Friday night at the James L. Knight Center in Miami.
Part of the proceeds from the concert went to support the One Team 4 Haiti campaign.
“It’s a blessing to be here,” Weaver said. “This shows character of who we are, I think, as an organization in terms of the NFL and its players. It shows we care more than about ourselves. A lot of people get the perception that as professional athletes we are all about ourselves.”
Some of the other NFL players joining Weaver on stage were Chicago Bears defensive tackle Tommie Harris, Cleveland Browns tight end Michael Gaines, Pittsburgh Steelers receiver Hines Ward, Kansas City Chiefs defensive back Reshard Langford, Atlanta Falcons fullback Ovie Mughelli and Browns offensive lineman George Foster.
The NFL players’ choir sang with gospel stars BeBe and CeCe Winans, Donnie McClurkin, Israel & New Breed, Karen Clark Sheard and Canton Jones.
And while most of the NFL players can’t match the talent of the gospel singers, there are some that might.
“I’m a minus-1 singer,” Foster said. “But we have some guys that are some 10s as singers. Tommie Harris can definitely sing, and so can Michael Gaines.”
As far as who will win Super Bowl XLIV between the New Orleans Saints and the Indianapolis Colts, predictions from the singing players was mixed.
Weaver — whose Eagles lost to the Saints 48-22 on Sept. 20 of this season — is thinking the Colts offense will outscore the Saints offense.
“I think the Colts are going to win by about 14,” Weaver predicted. “[Colts quarterback] Peyton [Manning] and that offense is really prolific. The Saints have been giving up quite a bit of points.”
Although Foster spent the 2009 season on the Browns practice squad and Cleveland did not face either Indianapolis or New Orleans, he has a feeling the Saints will win Sunday.
“I think the Saints can win it and I hope they do,” Foster said. “I’m pulling for them and for their city.”