Esera Tuaolo a former NFL player, human rights, LGBT advocate, a proud father, and a singer is a contestant on ‘The Voice’ Season 13 this year.
Esera Tuaolo’s Childhood
Esera Tavai Tuaolo, aged 49 was born on July 11, 1968, in Honolulu, Hawaii. Esera Tuaolo is nicknamed Mr.Aloha. Tuaolo is of the Samoan ancestry, was born into a banana farming family. He was raised in poverty and his father died when Esera Tuaolo was 10 years of age. During his college days at Oregon State University, he played College football. He was even a member of Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity. When he was a senior, he was the finalist for the Lombardi Award and Outland Trophy and was named the Pac-10. He was the best defensive lineman in Pac-10 and was awarded the Morris Trophy in 1989.
Esera Tuaolo’s Football Career
Esera Tuaolo had a successful football career in NFL for nine years. He has played in five different NFL teams in the position of defensive tackle. Esera Tuaolo’s joined the Green Bay Packers in the year 1991 and played 20 games in one year. He then played 60 games for four years between 1992 to 1996 with the Minnesota Vikings. Then he joined the Jacksonville Jaguars in 1997 and played 6 games. Esera Tuaolo played 13 games with Atlanta Falcons in the year 1998. Lastly, he played 12 games with Carolina Panthers in 1999.
Esera Tuaolo ‘s Personal Life
Esera Tuaolo currently lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota and he is a father of two twins, 17 years of age, Mitchell, and Michele. His current net worth is $19 million. He is the founder of an anti-bullying program- Hate In Any Form Is Wrong.
Esera Tuaolo a Passionate Singer
Singing During Football Games
He unleashed his passion for singing even when he was playing for Green Bay Packers. He sang National Anthem in full pads before a game with Chicago Bears. Esera Tuaolo has been unstoppable ever since; he has also sung National Anthem for many Sporting events like the NFL, MLB, NHL, and NBA games and also for the opening ceremony of the Gay Games VII, a quadrennial Olympics-style event.
Featured In Few Songs
To add much more to his accomplishments Tuaolo has also featured in few albums like Stay With Me, Chasing Dreams, Get Down, and much more. He has worked together with a couple of his friends in releasing the tracks. Stay With Me was released in the Year 1997, by the rapper Richie Rich alongside Esera Tuaolo. Chasing Dreams was composed by Charles Farrar, GZA, and Troy Taylor in which Tuaolo was also featured in 1998. For the track Get Down in the year 1998, Tuaolo worked alongside with Ashley Ambrose, Chuck Smith, and Michael Strahan.
Esera Tuaolo At The Voice
Esera Tuaolo has released his own music like Stronger, Another Broken Heart and much more. He has given live performances in the United States and in the Europe. In 2017, he blind auditioned for The Voice – Season 13 by singing “Rise Up” from Andra Bay. Jennifer Hudson and Blake Shelton turned chairs for his song “Rise Up” and Esera Tuaolo chose to be with Team Blake. In the Battle round of the Voice, Esera Tuaolo was paired with Rebecca Brunner and they both sang the song “This I Promise You” by NSYNC and Esera Tuaolo was declared the winner by his coach Shelton. In the Knockouts round of The Voice, Esera Tuaolo knocked out Adam Cunningham, by singing the song the “SuperStar” from Delaney and Bonnie made famous by Luther Vandross. Coach Shelton chose Tuaolo over Adam Cunningham. For the playoffs round, Esera Tuaolo was eliminated from The Voice, which came as a huge shock. Esera Tuaolo sang “How Do I Live” from LeAnn Rimes for the Playoffs. Blake Shelton was forced to pick only three from the team of his six finalists, so Esera Tuaolo was eliminated. Tuaolo posted on his Instagram that ‘This is the end of the beautiful beginning for the Teamsera’.
Facts To Know About Tuaolo
After retiring from the sports, Esera Tuaolo revealed to the public that he was gay on the HBO’s Real Sports. Tuaolo has been an advocate for the LGBT community and is the board member of Gay and Lesbian Athletics Foundation. He has teamed up with the NFL to combat homophobia. Currently, his involvement in LGBT advocacy means making speeches in Colleges and Corporates about homophobia pervasiveness and to help the organizations create a safe environment for the members and employees.
In Spring 2006, Tuaolo released his autobiography, Alone in the Trenches: My Life As a Gay Man in the NFL, it is all about his upbringing, poverty, sexuality and how football shaped his career.
Esera Tuaolo has acted in few movies, some are – Super Bowl XXXIII in 1999, All Aboard! Rosie’s Family Cruise in 2006 and Walk Like A Man in 2008. In 2013, Tuaolo has made his acting career in a hit Television Series Hawaii Five-O as a civic center employee.
Tuaolo was arrested for Domestic Violence
Back in 2010, in North Oaks, Minnesota, Tuaolo was arrested for domestic assault of his boyfriend and was bailed for $2000 with a court date set in August. Even though there was some media coverage, the case got dismissed by the prosecutor.
Appeared In Ellen DeGeneres Show
After getting eliminated from the Voice, Esera Tuaolo was invited to the Ellen Show. He appeared on Ellen Show and sang “Superstar” by the Carpenters and impressed Ellen’s audience with his voice. Tuaolo updated his appearance on EllenShow on his Instagram. Tuaolo to combat homophobia has taken part in various Television shows such as The Oprah Winfrey Show, The Tyra Banks Show, and Good Morning America.