Former Football Player Now Member of New York Metropolitan Opera

he told The Savannah Morning News.

His interest in opera started in college, when he took a date to see a performance of The Phantom of the Opera. After that show, he was smitten with musical theater and watched whatever he could, often teaching himself parts. "I was still a jock at the time, and I thought, you can pick up chicks if you speak Italian," he joked to The New York Times.

But his interest went much further than picking up chicks. Since a 2006 performance of Madama Butterfly, Miller has been with the Met. His latest gig with the group is its summer recital series, where he sings with his wife Joyce El-Khoury. There are three remaining free outdoor performances in the series (tomorrow in in East River Park, Manhattan; Aug. 7 at Tappen Park, Staten Island; Aug. 14 in Coffey Park, Brooklyn), but there's no word on whether the ex-football player might be up for a game of catch in the park after the show.

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