Former Colt releases debut album

April 20, 2009
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utechtFormer Colts tight end Ben Utecht is releasing his self-titled debut album tomorrow on Stylos Records, distributed by World Entertainment. Utecht, who now plays for the Cincinnati Bengals, was part of the Colts’ 2006-07 Super Bowl Championship team.

“Ben Utecht is a talented football player. He started at tight end for my team in Super Bowl XLI and helped us beat the Chicago Bears,” said former Colts coach Tony Dungy. “However, I always thought his real impact would be in Christian music. Ben has a tremendous voice and a passion for music, but more than that, he believes in the gospel message and that comes through when he sings.”

Tomorrow Utecht celebrates the new album release with a concert at the Montgomery Community Church in Cincinnati.

When asked about his successes, Utecht said, “My identity is as a Christian, not a football player or musician. In music and sports, the things people are doing become who they are. While people come to hear my testimony as a professional athlete, or see me as a musician, it is who I am as a believer in Christ that I want people to see.”

Utecht collaborated on the album with Sandi Patty, Mark Harris and Jeremy Camp.
  • Wow. I cannot wait to pick this thriller up. Is he better than Creed? :lol:
  • Good luck with that...
  • DaHooey - LMFAO!!!
  • Hey guys, lighten up. I saw Ben with the Bill Gaither concert at Conseco about a year and a half ago. He is an exceptional singer and his sincerity and passion really comes accross in his message. Being true to his faith is a rare commodity these days. Da Hooey - you know that as well as anyone.

    Too bad the Colts let Ben go. He was a contributor to the team in more ways than one.
  • I saw a kid with a t-shirt on a while back said:

    Even Jesus Hates Creed :lol:

    More right wing pentecostal Nazarene inolreant do as i say not as i do BS if you axe me.

    sing about sex, romance, and politics. leavee the baby Jeebus out of it. Mmmkay? :eek:
  • DaHooey,

    Put downs is not his game. Ben woudn't wear a stupid shirt like that. His style appeals to those who want to hear faith and the Word in song. Nothing wrong with that.

    Folks that don't want to hear it don't go. But, if that's whom he wants to appeal to, nothing wrong with that either. Why would you criticize him for his stand, especially since you are making assumptions?

    And futhermore, why would you lump him into your statement about right wing pentecostal nazarene intolerant? Tony Dungy was like minded, but I hardly think he should be any more or less criticized for his stand than Ben. Ben is simply using his talent in way that he believes he is called to do.

    mmkay with you?????
  • DaHooey,

    You are such a web troll, I am really sick of reading your smart ... remarks. Why don't you get a life?
  • Rich, thanks for the kind words. Are you a Jesus Freak too? nothing wrong with that, except you can;t drink booze and usually the hot womens won;t go out with you.

    But you AREg oing to heaven! And that is so cool!


    Catholic but voted for Obama and has a couple gay friends and admits he had premarital sex Da Hooey.
  • Take notice that Hooey never replies to the well thought out replies, rather the ones that he can refer to with sarcasm and disrespect. Or, am I just wrong here? perHapps ITs BEtTer if i messUp with capS and SPEllin......
  • Ben rocks. Seriously, this guy is pretty good. You should give it a listen. Probably especially you, DaHooey.
  • That last post by DaHooey is the funniest I have ever seen on this absolute classic.

    Even Jesus Hates Creed --- I've got to buy this t-shirt. LMFAO!!!
  • You can always count on a few wild cards to stir up the pot anytime you mention Christianity. This is great news for Ben, who is following his heart - much like Dungy did. They are using the spotlight from the NFL to give back through their faith. It's people like Ben who challenge others to see past their labels, such as a pro football player, to see their true identity in God. The angels rejoice!
  • Everyone who has written a bad review should really apologize. DaHooey says that if you are a JESUS FREAK you can't drink booze and do all the bad things that come with it. He says Oh if you're a JESUS FREAK you're going to heaven. That is totally wrong. Only if you obey HIS WORD are you going to heaven. Just because the preacher may preach you into heaven doesn't mean you are going. So please don't make fun of us so called JESUS FREAKS, because someday all ya'll who drink booze and do all the things that come with it , will have a rude awakening when you find yourselves in HELL, where the torment never ends. While the rest of us enjoy HEAVEN with GOD the FATHER, JESUS CHRIST the SON, and the HOLY SPIRIT. (the three in one working as one)

    thank you very much

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