As country music star Reba McEntire belted out “The Star-Spangled Banner” before Sunday’s Super Bowl LVIII, numerous players for the Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers were visibly moved.
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But as the camera panned from player to player, one NFL star stood out among the crowd: Chiefs defensive lineman Chris Jones, a 6’6′, 310-pound player who was one of the keys to the Chiefs’ victory.
Multiple media outlets reported Jones was so moved by the national anthem he was brought to tears.
Video of McEntire’s stunning performance and tears streaming down the player’s face can be seen at the 51-second mark:
Even the National Football League commented on the tearful moment, sharing an eight-second clip of Jones crying with the caption, “Same, Chris Jones.”
As the Daily Mail noted, Jones, who was drafted in 2016, has spent his entire NFL career with the Chiefs. The player had a powerful last season, garnering 15.5 sacks and 44 tackles — both career highs.
It was a truly moving and emotive moment to see Jones react in such a raw and vulnerable way.
The Chiefs went on to defeat the 49ers in one of the longest games in NFL history, with the final score coming in at 25 to 22.
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