Utecht To Sing National Anthem

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Go Gophers! Ben Utecht
Go Gophers!
Former Minnesota Gopher Ben Utecht (@BenUtecht) will sing the National Anthem at TCF Bank Stadium prior to Saturday's 11 a.m. game against Michigan. Utecht will also be honored as a Gopher Great during the first quarter. Utecht will be the first person ever to sing the National Anthem at a Gopher football game at TCF Bank Stadium.

Utecht, who won a Super Bowl with the Indianapolis Colts, was a star tight end for the Gophers from 2000-03. He caught 82 career passes for 1,201 yards and 15 touchdowns during his career as he helped revive the Minnesota program. The Gophers went 10-3 during his senior season - a year where he also punted three times - and he ended his career with a 31-30 win against Oregon in the Wells Fargo Sun Bowl.

While a student at Minnesota, Utecht often sang the National Anthem before Minnesota hockey and basketball games. He also partnered with teammate Dan Nystrom and sang the National Anthem prior to Minnesota's first home football game against Purdue (9/29/01) after the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks.

Utecht, who has performed the National Anthem for every major pro and college team in Minnesota, is an accomplished musician and is working on his next album. You can learn more about Utecht at his website benjaminutecht.com.

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