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Posted on Dec 1, 2017 03:00pm
Find Out These Football Stars' Off-The-Field Talents In MVP: Most Valuable Performer
An online vote determines the professional football player with the best off-the-field talent.


CBS has announced a new one-hour special, MVP: Most Valuable Performer, an interactive talent show to find the pro football player with the best off-the-field talent. It will be hosted by LL COOL J and broadcast live from the Avalon Hollywood on Thursday, Jan. 25 at 8 PM ET / delayed PT on CBS and CBS All Access.

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After showcasing their various unique talents (like Irish step dancing, rapping, and archery), an online vote narrowed the original field of 32 down to six finalists for the special.

"While we knew pro football players had talents off the field, we had no idea how deep their talents go," said Robert Horowitz, JUMA Entertainment President. "The focus, discipline, and competitive fire that serves them so well on the field will be on full display as they step into the MVP spotlight. Watching many of these players perform their skills, it quickly becomes apparent that, if they had picked up a violin when they were five, they probably would have ended up a concert violinist.

"Also, just know for any finalist whose day job might take them to the Super Bowl and prohibit them from appearing live on the show, we still plan to honor and call attention to their talent."

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See the complete list of players originally up for the show—and their talents!—below:

- Ameer Abdullah (Detroit Lions, Acro-Yoga)
- Prince Amukamara (Chicago Bears, Dancing)
- Joe Barksdale (Los Angeles Chargers, Guitar)
- Justin Bethel (Arizona Cardinals, Drums)
- Patrick Chung (New England Patriots, Cooking)
- Alex Collins (Baltimore Ravens, Irish Step Dancing)
- Fletcher Cox (Philadelphia Eagles, Archery)
- Mason Crosby (Green Bay Packers, Archery)
- John Denney (Miami Dolphins, Violin)
- Max Garcia (Denver Broncos, Singing)
- Robert McClain (Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Artist)
- AJ Green (Cincinnati Bengals, Juggling)
- Jacob and Cody Hollister (New England Patriots, Singing/Guitar)
- Miles Killebrew (Detroit Lions, Saxophone)
- Marquette King (Oakland Raiders, Piano)
- Christian Kirksey (Cleveland Browns, Drums)
- Bennie Logan (Kansas City Chiefs, Archery)
- Greg Mabin (San Francisco 49ers, Rap)
- Arthur Moats (Pittsburgh Steelers, Piano)
- Corey Nelson (Denver Broncos, Poetry)
- Robert Nkemdiche (Arizona Cardinals, Saxophone)
- Pat O'Donnell (Chicago Bears, Trick Shots)
- Domata Peko (Denver Broncos, Guitar)
- Juju Smith-Schuster (Pittsburgh Steelers, Cooking)
- Jonathan Stewart (Carolina Panthers, Piano)
- Joe Thuney (New England Patriots, Rubik's Cube)
- Dalvin Tomlinson (New York Giants, Artist)
- Stephon Tuitt (Pittsburgh Steelers, Cooking)
- Brandon Williams (Baltimore Ravens, Singing)
- Eddie Yarbrough (Buffalo Bills, Ukulele/Singing)
- Kevin Zeitler (Cleveland Browns, Dog Tricks)

The top finalists will advance to the live show and be assisted by an entertainer who will mentor them and enhance their performances. During the show, a panel of celebrity judges will critique each player's performance before viewers vote live online, here at CBS.com, to determine the MVP: Most Valuable Performer.

The winner will be revealed at the end of the show.

Watch MVP: Most Valuable Performer live on Thursday, Jan. 25 at 8 PM ET / delayed PT on CBS and CBS All Access.