Tim Brown, NFL choir at Super Bowl Gospel show

Thu, Feb 3
2:02
PM ET

NFL legend Tim Brown knows he's can't sing.

"I couldn't do 'American Idol' or anything like that," said Brown, who played 16 years in the NFL, mostly with the Raiders. "I'm a choir singer, so I can just stay in the background."

Brown, along with the NFL PLAYERS choir, will be belting out tunes Friday night in Dallas as part of the Super Bowl Gospel Celebration.

The concert series, in its 12th year, attracts top gospel/contemporary Christian and mainstream artists and marquee players. The NFL choir made its debut in the 2008 show with more than 40 active and former players under the direction of Grammy Award-winning gospel artist Donnie McClurkin.

Brown said NFL players can be spiritual and still be tough on the field.

"People were always trying to test me," Brown said. "After awhile, they saw that I was serious about my spirituality. Then they started asking questions. That made me feel pretty good."