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College free agent defensive tackle Terrence Stephens once tried out for American Idol.

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College free agent defensive tackle Terrence Stephens once tried out for American Idol. While he didn't make the cut for that competition, he hopes he has what it takes for his current competition.

Grant Halverson

Our man Dan Hoard put up a piece about Terrence Stephens once having a dream to be the next American Idol.

"I was 16 and it was something that I had always wanted to do," Stephens told Dan Hoard. "I didn’t get as far as I wanted to, but it was an interesting experience to say the least."

He sang Superstar by Luther Vandross.

"I guess Coach Lewis found out that I can sing from word of mouth," said Stephens. "So he called me up at the beginning of a team meeting and put me on the spot."

As you remember from past seasons of Hard Knocks, this is a highlight for the veterans at camp.

"Everybody was looking for somebody to make fun of or to rip on, but he impressed everybody," said wide receiver Ryan Whalen. "He got a standing ovation."

I can't sing. At all. So I always appreciate it when someone can. Stephens did not make it past the producers of the show which basically tells me two things:

  1. He was not so terribly bad that they moved him along to embarrass him on national TV.
  2. He did not impress enough to move to the next stage of the game.

So I did some digging. While it may not be from the actual American Idol episode, it is some video of Stephens belting out a tune.

The kid can sing. However, he now finds himself in another sort of competition. He is fighting for a roster spot on an already talented D-Line. If he is impressive enough, his best spot to stick with the team will be on the practice squad where he can take the beatings and sing the praises of the starters.

Maybe if we are lucky we get to see him sing a little tonight on Hard Knocks.

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