Country star music star Chris Stapleton broke his silence after his powerful rendition of the National Anthem at Super Bowl LVII on Sunday brought players, coaches, and fans across America to tears.
Eagles coach Nick Sirianni’s reaction to the eight-time Grammy winner’s performance went viral because tears streamed down his face. Nick said: “That’s something that I’ve always thought about — what it might be like to hear the national anthem at a Super Bowl.
“You get the goose bumps thinking about it. You think about being in that moment of the Super Bowl, listening to the national anthem, how much that’s going to mean. It makes you think about all the hard work that you had to go through to get to the moment that you’re in right now.
“It’s just emotional because there’s a lot of work, not just by myself, but a lot of people. Starting with my wife and my kids, my brothers, my dad and just so many people.
“It’s just emotional in that moment knowing where we were.
Philadelphia lineman Jason Kelce, Chiefs defensive tackle Chris Jones, and many other players were moved by Stapelton’s performance.
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His music star peers were impressed too with Pink saying: “Chris Stapleton my good lord — you and Whitney own the national anthem.
“Forever and ever.”
Carly Pearce said: “The most soulful National Anthem ever. Chris Stapleton, you’re one in a million!”
Mickey Guyton, who sang the anthem at the Super Bowl in 2022, said: “Wow. You killed the National Anthem! Congrats my friend.”
Radio host Jennifer Palumbo said:
“Chris Stapleton just crushed the national anthem and made me cry.”
CBS reporter Jeff Kerr said:
“Incredible national anthem by Chris Stapleton and flyover.”
“Man, it felt great. It really did.
“You know, the energy was good, and the crowd’s hyped up for the game, so that kinda gets you ready to go.
But he said he probably won’t watch the reaction from players and coaches because:
“I don’t know if I can watch it, man. I try not to watch myself back too much.”
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@ChrisStapleton my good lord – you and Whitney own the national anthem. Forever and ever
— P!nk (@Pink) February 12, 2023