When a high school football player realized that no one was there to sing the national anthem before his game, he had a choice. He could either stand down and allow the game to proceed without a live performance of the anthem. The teams could have listened to a recording and put their hands over their hearts. But this player, a football player, who could be cast in Glee, made a different choice when he stepped forward, guitar in hand, and offered to sing for the crowd instead.
Because a video of him was recorded to show just how talented this young man is, it has gone on to go viral thousands of times over. And people are standing up and applauding this teen’s courage and creativity all at the same time.
The singer/football player is Jackson Dean Nicholson. He decided to stand up and perform his acoustic, country-style rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner” in front of his local crowd. But as the video recording of his act went online, it became clear that he was not only singing for the people in the stands but thousands of Americans across the country as well.
Nicholson is a senior who plays defense on the team. And he was proud to share his country music with the crowd, who responded with love for his patriotism.
“It was very cool. I probably knew 90 percent of the people sitting in those stands, and they had no idea I was doing it ‘til I brought my guitar out,” he told the Baltimore Sun.
Not only did Nicholson shock the audience with his performance, but he also came out and blew them away.
After his performance was shared online via Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and several other video sharing platforms, it went viral attracting lots of comments from thousands of people across America.
Then Fox News featured Nicholson’s performance. Not only is Nicholson a football player, but he is also a guitar player. And when he is not practicing with the team or playing games, he writes music – which is available to the public on his YouTube channel.
Besides being a dedicated student, he has been working on an album for a few years. Ever since he was a freshman at Arundel High School, he has been writing songs so he could release his album and make money from his music. One of his songs, “Man Upstairs,” has bee turned into a music video. He recorded that one with Champion Studios.
Instead of dreaming of being an NFL player, Nicholas is done with football come January.
“This is my last year, then I’m done. I’ve got until January. I’ll have all my credits done, and I only have to be enrolled for this semester. I got a waiver by my principal, and she’s very supportive of what I do.”
In other words, Nicholson wants to write and play music. And with the discipline he’s learned on the football field, he’s going to be successful.
What do you think about this high school football player’s rendition of the national anthem?