Eagles coach Nick Sirianni teared up ahead of Sunday's Super Bowl kickoff on hearing country music star Chris Stapleton's rendition of the national anthem.
"That's something that I've always thought about – what it might be like to hear the national anthem at a Super Bowl,” Sirianni told the Buffalo News.
"You get the goose bumps thinking about it," the Philadelphia Eagles' head coach also said.
Those anticipated goose bumps manifested as tears Sunday as the 41-year-old Jamestown, New York, native stood on the sidelines while multi-Grammy-winning Chris Stapleton sang a gritty, bluesy version of "The Star-Spangled Banner," accompanying himself on guitar.
"Emotional," the NFL tweeted, describing Sirianni's reaction.
"You think about being in that moment of the Super Bowl, listening to the national anthem, how much that's going to mean,” Sirianni also told the outlet.
“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. ... I will let myself enjoy that moment for a second and enjoy that feeling, because there was a lot of hard work by a lot of people. ... It will be cool to listen to it and get to work.”
Stapleton sang the anthem with a backdrop of an enormous American flag. An all-woman U.S. Navy flyover and fireworks ended the stirring performance with a bang.
".@ChrisStapleton brings the house down with his performance of the National Anthem! #SBLVII," the NFL's tweet said. The video of Stapleton's performance was viewed 4.2 million times as of Monday around noon ET.
Many who watched Stapleton perform, either in the stadium or at home, mirrored Sirianni's response, including media and political figures.
"That was incredible, like if Burl Ives and Bob Seger had a baby and sang the national anthem," BlazeTV host Steve Deace tweeted.
"Absolutely beautiful to see a player moved to tears by the National Anthem!" Kayleigh McEnany said.
"Seeing an NFL player with tears streaming down his face as the national anthem plays reminds me of the old days when we all celebrated America and our heroes instead of kneeling. Very refreshing to see," Robby Starbuck tweeted.
"Nice to know there are still so patriots out there. We’re going to defeat communism, together," Benny Johnson tweeted in part, including a close-up clip of Sirianni.
Sirianni was clearly not alone in his emotional response to Stapleton's stirring, contemporary rendition of "The Star-Spangled Banner," the lyrics of which were penned as a poem by Francis Scott Key in 1814.
The Kelce brothers, Travis and Jason, were also visibly moved by Stapleton's pregame performance, People reported.
Travis Kelce, 33, played tight end for the Kansas City Chiefs. His brother Jason, 35, played center for the Philadelphia Eagles. The siblings were the first set of brothers to play against each other in a Super Bowl. Travis won a second Super Bowl ring in Sunday's game.
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