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Kansas City Chiefs defensive lineman Chris Jones felt the weight of the national anthem hit him before the start of the Super Bowl against the San Francisco 49ers.
As country music star Reba McEntire sang “The Star-Spangled Banner,” the NFL broadcast cameras turned to Jones and the star player was seen shedding some tears as the song blared.
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Reba McEntire performs during the Super Bowl LVIII. (Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Roc Nation)
The five-time Pro Bowler will be a key for the Chiefs to stop the 49ers. San Francisco boasts one of the best offenses in football, led by Brock Purdy, Christian McCaffrey, Deebo Samuel and George Kittle. If Jones and company can get to Purdy, it will disrupt the offense entirely.
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Purdy, in his first Super Bowl in only his second NFL season, was sacked twice against the Detroit Lions and once against the Green Bay Packers.
Chris Jones of the Kansas City Chiefs shakes hands with fans before Super Bowl LVIII. (Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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Jones has a half-sack and four tackles during the playoffs.
He earned his second All-Pro first team nod in 2023 after playing 16 of 17 games. He held out in Week 1 because he wanted a new contract. He decided to sign a one-year deal and put together a phenomenal season with 10 sacks and 30 tackles.
Chris Jones of the Kansas City Chiefs arrives for Super Bowl LVIII. (Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images)
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The Super Bowl is being played in Las Vegas for the first time. The Las Vegas Raiders’ Allegiant Stadium is playing host.
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