ESPN Music: Yale

Dez Duron of 'The Voice' played QB at Yale

October, 9, 2012

Life these days is different for Dez Duron, a former Louisiana high school football star and junior-varsity quarterback for Yale University.

"I grew up in a football family. Football is religion in my hometown of Shreveport. Guys were trying to kill me all the time on the field," Duron said. "These days, girls are saying I'm cute. I'm not mad at the change. it's just a little ... different."

Duron, you see, is one of the contestants on NBC's "The Voice" this fall. Girls are swooning as he sings each song, and even a host -- not the one you think -- finds him cute.

This is all a little strange for Duron, who just two years ago played quarterback for the junior varsity football team of Yale University in New Haven, Conn.

Playbook had a few minutes with Duron to talk about singing, football and what he'd be doing these days if not for both.

How did you go from Shreveport, La., to Yale?

"I'm 5-feet-11. When I was in high school, I was 165 pounds. I knew I wasn't going to get much looks for the big college football programs, but with my good grades and test scores, my coaches thought I could play for a school in the Ivy League. That league doesn't necessarily get all the blue-chippers who are 6-2 or 6-3. I thought they'd be willing to give a look to a little shrimp like me."

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