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Chris Botti's Trumpet Version of the National Anthem Makes an NFL Star Cry

by Sophie Schillaci 11:15 AM PST, November 04, 2014
Playing Chris Botti's Trumpet Version of the National Anthem Makes an NFL Star Cry

We've heard it countless times before – but never like this.

Grammy-winning trumpet player and composer Chris Botti performed the National Anthem on Monday night ahead of the National Football League's Colts-Giants matchup. Performing in his signature style – all trumpet, no vocals – Botti delivered a wow-worthy, must-see version of the song. Watch below.

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The performance earned high praise on social media Monday night and even moved Colts wide receiver Reggie Wayne to tears.

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Speaking to ESPN post-game about his watery-eyed close-up, Wayne said: "It's an emotional game, man, and sometimes it comes out… An old wise guy once told me you shouldn't hold back your tears. Tonight was a night with the tears."

And in case you're wondering: Wayne's Colts earned the win on Monday night at New Jersey's MetLife Stadium.

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