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George Mason walk-on guard sings National Anthem at Patriot Center

George Mason walk-on guard Jordan Baird’s singing career has been well-documented; beat writer Steven Goff just recently went through the details in a story about the Patriots’ three walk-ons.

After his senior year at Stonewall Jackson High in Manassas, Baird was among thousands at an “American Idol” tryout in Orlando. He sang Nick Lachey’s “What’s Left of Me” and Ne-Yo’s “So Sick” to Simon Cowell and the other TV judges. A short clip appeared on the show. “The girls liked it,” he said of the four judges, “the guys didn’t.” His Hollywood dreams were dashed.

Baird had more success in 2010, submitting a video for a national contest sponsored by Sony and Six Flags. He was chosen to perform at the amusement park’s location in Prince George’s County as part of an opening act for pop group Hot Chelle Rae and British boy band JLS. That led to an offer to record a song for Sony’s Jive Records. “Grateful,” an acoustic solo performance, went up on iTunes and YouTube last year.

He tried again with “American Idol” in 2010 — but again failed to earn a ticket to Hollywood — and traveled to Seattle last year for auditions in “The X Factor,” a first-year Fox talent show. He performed in front of several thousand at Key Arena but wasn’t chosen as one of the 17 national finalists.

And the Jordan Baird who sings “Grateful,” below, sort of looks a big grungier than the Jordan Baird, in uniform and basketball shoes, who sang the National Anthem before Saturday’s game against Old Dominion, above.

But they both can definitely sing.

Dan Steinberg writes about all things D.C. sports at the D.C. Sports Bog.

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