NFL rookie Aidan Hutchinson is a Michigan man, through and through. He grew up in Dearborn, he went to the University of Michigan, and this off-season, he was drafted number two overall by the Detroit Lions. Somewhere along the way, the 22-year-old defensive lineman was undoubtedly influenced by the most prestigious record label from his home state, Motown Records. Although he wasn't alive when Michael Jackson debuted the moonwalk during a performance of "Billie Jean" at Motown 25, it appears as though the rookie took notes before he executed his acapella-styled rendition in front of his coaches and teammates during what has become known leaguewide, as a long steeped tradition for live entertainment provided by first-year players during training camp.
"[Hutchinson] get up here and give us a f*cking song!" Said Detriot Lions head coach Dan Campbell, as the players could be heard laughing in the background during what appeared to be a study session in a large indoor classroom.
To that, Hutchinson happily stood up from his seat and made it way to the front of the classroom.
"My name's Aidan Hutchinson, I'm from Michigan and my signing bonus was 23 [million]," said the rookie as the audience cheered.
Then, as the murmur slowly faded, Hutchinson began beatboxing the music to "Billie Jean" before signing the first verse as best he could while moving his feet and displaying that he had somewhat of an impressive degree of stage presence.
"She was more like a beauty queen from a movie scene
I said, "Don't mind, but what do you mean, I am the one"
"Who will dance on the floor in the round"
She said I am the one
Who will dance on the floor in the round..."
After a rocky start, he sang out the bridge as his teammates joined in with humorous ad-libs.
"People always told me, be careful of what you do, don't go around breaking young girls' hearts,"
And mother always told me, be careful of who you love"
"And be careful of what you do, cause the lie becomes the truth"
Once the defensive lineman reached the song's chorus, the crowd went crazy, and everyone joined in.
"Billie Jean is not my lover,
She's just a girl who claims that I am the one (oh, baby)
But the kid is not my son, hoo!
She says I am the one, but the kid is not my son..."
Hutchinson earned a standing ovation from his teammates and coaches; scroll up to watch.
Source: Sports Illustrated