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This Little Change in the AGT Football Choir's Audition Got Them a Standing Ovation

 The Players Choir did not come to play. 

By Christopher Rosa

The Players Choir did not come to play on the June 14th episode of America's Got Talent. They came to win. 

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The choir, comprised of real NFL players who perform as a group for various charities, got together after Patti LaBelle noticed their talent. 

"In 2004, we got on the stage with a gospel concert we do every year, every Super Bowl—it's called Celebration of Gospel," one of the players said. "And Patti LaBelle got on stage and said, 'I see all these good-looking men. Let me see who can sing. She started passing the mic around, and she found out some of us got a little talent. That's how it all started." 

From there, another member said, "We formed the Players Choir, and we would go out in the community and actually go to different fundraising events...We made it a point to spread light and bring joy." 

And now, they're trying their hand at America's Got Talent. For their Audition, they sang the classic "Lean On Me"—and while the Judges liked it, Simon Cowell had a suggestion that made the performance even better. "I'm kinda curious," Cowell said. "I just want to hear your voices together. Can we do this just a cappella?" 

Once the Players Choir dropped their backing track, the performance went from good to great. The Judges quickly gave them a standing ovation. "That's why Simon is Simon," Heidi Klum said. "He always gets the best out of everyone, because literally you all sounded so much better. Not that you didn't sound good before, but without the track and just your voices, you harmonized beautifully together. Everyone was super on-point." 

Watch the Audition for yourself in the video, above. AGT airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.