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Chiefs turn to familiar voice for AFC Championship’s national anthem

Chargers Chiefs Football
Posted at 9:33 AM, Jan 27, 2023
and last updated 2023-01-27 13:21:05-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Chiefs Kingdom will hear a familiar voice singing the national anthem Sunday ahead of the AFC Championship Game.

United States Navy Veteran Generald Wilson will sing the national anthem before the Chiefs host the Cincinnati Bengals at 5:30 p.m. Sunday at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium, the Chiefs announced Thursday.

It’s not the first time Wilson will have the mic for the anthem. He kicked off the Chiefs' home opener back in September when the team defeated the Los Angeles Chargers.

Wilson, who's been singing for professional sports teams for more than 20 years, says he still gets chills every time he steps on the court or field.

KSHB 41 News anchor Rae Daniel spoke with Wilson in January 2021 when he was getting ready to sing the anthem before the Chiefs’ AFC Divisional round game against the Cleveland Browns.

Wilson says his purpose is to set the atmosphere for keeping unity and excitement.

"For that minute and a half, you're putting away your differences and you're singing a song together with the person sitting next to you; the person way across the field or the court," Wilson said. "And that minute and a half, you're coming together because you love this country. And then the excitement is to sing a song that's close to the original as possible, but still give you that flavor!"

The Kansas City, Missouri, Fire Department will present the colors.

Wilson won’t be the only one on the mic during the game Sunday. On Thursday, the team announced Fat Joe will perform a halftime show.