Former New Orleans Saints running back Aaron Stecker will return to the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Friday but his football career is not what’s bringing him back. The reason for his return is his 11-year-old daughter, Skylar, and her singing career.
Skylar Stecker will be performing the National Anthem for the Saints’ first preseason game against the Kansas City Chiefs.
“When I was 9 years old, I signed myself up for the school’s talent show in Wisconsin,” Skylar said. “I was going to play the piano, but they asked me to sing instead so I ended up singing in the talent show and I knew this is what I wanted to do for the rest of my life and I couldn’t imagine doing anything else.”
Skylar’s career may have just kicked off but she is no stranger to the spotlight. “I sang at a Green Bay Packers game in Wisconsin, it was really cool. It was for the family night and it was in front of 74,000 people and it’s a really cool experience,” said Skylar. She has also performed for the Lost Angeles Clippers, the Los Angeles Lakers, the Milwaukee Mile Indy Car Fest, and many other sporting events. Last year, she sang at the International Models and Talent Association Awards in Los Angeles and was awarded Best Singer and Most Sought after Talent of 2012 that night.
Aaron is a Green Bay, Wis. native who began his NFL Career when he debuted for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2000, earning a Super Bowl ring in 2002. Aaron signed with the Saints in 2004 and spent five years in black and gold. He then signed with the Atlanta Falcons for the 2009 season and retired in April of 2010. During his career, Aaron had 386 total carries for 1,526 yards with 8 touchdowns and 166 receptions for 1,175 yards.
The Stecker family is now living in Orange County, Calif. Skylar is entering the sixth grade but is far beyond her years. In her free time, Skylar is still focused on her career by attending dance classes, acting classes, studying other artists and playing the piano. Her favorite Saints player of all time is, of course, her dad.
Aaron has used experiences from pursuing his professional football career to give Skylar advice as she embarks on her own journey.
“You’re the one who got yourself to this point and as long as you believe in yourself, your natural ability will happen and that’s what happens,” Aaron said. “She goes out there and knocks it out of the park because she has all of the confidence in the world when she does it. It’s going to be sweet going back to the Superdome with my little girl singing there so it will be cool.”
For more information about Skylar, visit her website www.skylarsteckermusic.com