Sports

Actions

Meet the voice behind the National Anthem for Chiefs playoff game

Generald Wilson
Posted at 11:51 AM, Jan 15, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-15 12:51:02-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Navy veteran and long time Chiefs fan, Generald Wilson is excited to cheer on his Kansas City Chiefs this Sunday when they play against the Cleveland Browns.

Chiefs fans will hear his voice when Wilson sings the National Anthem virtually.

Wilson, who has sung for major league sports teams for more than 20 years, has been working with the Chiefs for the past five years.

He's been singing the national anthem virtually, due to the pandemic. Wilson says he does miss the Chiefs Kingdom atmosphere Arrowhead Stadium brings.

"When I get chills, it's when you hear other people singing along with you, you're not trying to do all these riffs and runs to where they can't sing with you. You're singing to create unity, so you sing it plain, how it's written. And they'll sing along with you... until they say Chiefs," Wilson said with a laugh.

Wilson said there's just something about singing in front of a crowd.

"It means a whole lot more to me, 'cause I can hear them singing. And it's that one time. That one time that you can feel unity, 'cause everybody's joining in on one song," Wilson said. "I'm just listening to them and sometimes I get teary-eyed because even though they have their differences, they're still singing this song together."

Although Sunday's performance will be virtual, Wilson said he was blown away by the creativity of the Chiefs with their video and is excited to see the finished product.

This weekend, he'll be making his way to Kansas City from St. Louis to cheer on the Chiefs and eat some Kansas City barbecue.

Once you listen to Wilson's incredible voice, be sure to look up and watch the Whiteman Air Force Base, who will provide a flyover at Arrowhead.

The Chiefs play the Browns at 2:05 p.m. at Arrowhead Stadium.