FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- Eric Decker can do more than catch passes and score touchdowns. He can sing a little, too.
The New York Jets wide receiver performs a duet with his wife, country singer Jessie James Decker, on her new Christmas album. The song is "Baby, It's Cold Outside," already quite popular at One Jets Drive.
The entire team got a chance to hear it during a recent practice. Instead of the usual rap or rock during the pre-practice stretch, Mr. and Mrs. Decker blared from the sideline speakers. Naturally, Decker was subjected to good-natured ribbing from his teammates, Ryan Fitzpatrick and Nick Mangold in particular.
It didn't stop there. Decker said the song was played on the sound system in the trainers' room for three consecutive hours.
Unwritten rule in any locker room: You can't record a duet with your wife (or any person, for that matter) and not expect to catch some flak from your teammates.
"What happened was, she was creating a Christmas album," he said. "Her producer came over for her to sing some tracks. She said, 'Eric, jump on and sing it once.' So I sang it, thinking, 'Whatever, it's kind of a joke, maybe it's sent out to family members.' With a little help from Auto-Tune (an audio processor), they made me sound real good. I was surprised. I mean, it was good, but Auto-Tune made it sound a lot better."
No, he won't be quitting football for showbiz.
"I would say it's not going to be a career I pursue, but it was fun to do, for sure," he said. "I think I'll keep my day job. I'll play guitar, though. If I can be in the band, I'll play guitar."
Decker is performing quite nicely in the Jets' offensive band. He has 59 receptions for 801 yards and eight touchdowns.