Listening to somebody sing the national anthem during q football game is not very surprising. But, it’s not super often that a football player is the person to whip off his helmet and sing out the tune.
This rare scene occured at Nashoba Regional High School when a sophomore named Sam Keith, grabbed the mic and sang a gorgeous version of the “Star-Spangled Banner.” Unsurprisingly, his spine-tingling performance became the talk of the internet.
Because of reality TV shows like The Voice Kids, we’ve seen a lot od youngsters with abilities that have left us breathless. On the other hand, we’ve also discovered a lot of great talented people only by scrolling on YouTube.
Sam Keith became a viral sensation after he was pulled away from his football game warm-up session to sing the anthem. Dressed in his game uniform, he instantly proved to the world that he was more than just your stereotypical “jock.”
Sam is from Bolton, Massachusetts and was onlg 15-years-old when this video of his performance was uploaded. Howrver, it’s not the first time he’s been the star of the show.
Besides being a football player and singer, Sam’s also an actor too. If you were to go through his YouTube channel, you’d see countless clips from the theatrical shows he’s been a part of. Over the course of these years he’s played roles in musicals such as Les Miserables, Oklahoma, and Footloose.
Even as a teenager, Sam owned a deep and mature singing voice that’s full of soul. It’s not surprising that he was asked to display his talent during his school’s football game.
Sam, who’s far from a one-trick pony, took over “the stage” in front of everyone while wearing his number 59 jersey. When he unleashes his voice you can instantly hear the passion in it.
The “Star-Spangled Banner” gives us a lot of goosebumps no matter who’s performing it. But if it’s combined with a singer like Sam, those goosebumps immediately get goosebumps too.
If only had we been able to see the reactions of the students in the audience. Perhaps some of them had heard Sam sing during one of his shows, but it’s possible many hadn’t attended one – so their jaws were probably on the ground.
Even in the video, you can see a few of the cheerleaders with their eyes on Sam and smiles on their faces. If they didn’t know he was a wonderful singer before – they forsure did now!
One of the most amazing highlights comes while Sam reaches the lyrics at the end of the national anthem. He raises his football helmet into the air while singing, “O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?”
The camera then rotates and you can see that the other players are holding up their helmets as well. It’s a sentimental moment and a wonderful way to bring them all together before their game.
Ever since the video was uploaded on YouTube it’s been viewed over 1.2 million times!
An update on Sam reads:
“Sam has continued to sing the anthem at multiple football, soccer, and basketball games at his high school. He has continued his passion for voice and acting and is currently attending University of Cincinnati as a Musical Theater Major at CCM (College Conservatory of Music). He is part of the class of 2021.”
Watch the video down below if you want to see 15-year-old Sam sweep everyone off their feet while singing the national anthem!