It's always exciting when people with ties to your state or region appear on the big screen. For us here in New England, that very situation happened a few nights ago when the newest episode of America's Got Talent aired on NBC.

This writer's been a fan of AGT for years, and with good reason. The wide variety of acts are always entertaining to watch, regardless of whether or not they get four "yeses" from judges Howie Mandel, Heidi Klum, Sofía Vergara, and Simon Cowell. The show's currently in its 17th season, and on Tuesday night's auditions episode, a special choir took the stage for their shot at $1M and a headline show in Las Vegas.

Meet the NFL Players Choir.

According to the NFL, the Players Choir first made their debut in 2008 at Super Bowl XLII. The group is comprised of NFL players of the past and present, including "Demarcus Williams, Tully Banta-Cain, Michael Gaines, Bryant McKenzie, Isaiah McKenzie, Cameron Newton, Steve Pierce, Nick Roach, Bryan Scott, Willie Yarborough and Leonard Weaver."

If you recognize one of these names as belonging to a former New England Patriot, you're correct. Tully Banta-Cain was a linebacker for the Pats from 2003-2006 and 2009-2010, during which he earned two Super Bowl Rings. He also played for the San Francisco 49ers, according to his Twitter.

Upon taking the stage at AGT, the choir performed a cover of "Lean on Me" that brought the crowd and judges to their feet. As host Terry Crews said, it was definitely a "touchdown."

We wish these guys the best of luck as they continue their journey in the competition. You can catch America's Got Talent on Tuesdays at 8pm E.T. on NBC.

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