Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 10/22/14
Keith Miller was a bruising fullback out of the University of Colorado who never quite made it to the National Football League. He has, however, become a star at the Metropolitan Opera. How Miller made the unlikely transition from football to the pinnacle of opera is an all-American story of reinvention, made all the more amazing by the fact that he had no formal musical training when he set out to become a singer. ''This is the real thing, this is the juice,'' says the 38-year-old Miller. ''Instead of a number, you're a character, but the spirit of competition is the same, and you do it for the love of the art versus the love of the game.'' It began almost by chance in 1994, while still at Colorado, when he took his girlfriend to see a traveling production of the Broadway musical ''The Phantom of the Opera.'' He was so enthralled that tears rolled down his face. He bought a CD and learned the songs. Then he got some real opera recordings, singing along in his bass-baritone voic...
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