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TE to sing national anthem at Reds game

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CINCINNATI (AP)

Former Cincinnati Bengals tight end Ben Utecht will have one of his biggest audiences as a performer when he sings the national anthem before the Reds' season opener.
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The Reds' owners asked Utecht to perform the anthem before their game Monday against the St. Louis Cardinals. Utecht has a side career as a recording artist. He released his first album last year, a collection of contemporary Christian songs.

Utecht told The Associated Press in a phone interview Saturday that he didn't realize opening day was such a big deal in Cincinnati when he agreed to become part of it.

The Bengals released Utecht last season after he suffered a major concussion. He's hoping to extend his football career with another team.
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