Monday Night Football this week brought a very emotional moment to the nation, courtesy of Jazz trumpeter, Chris Botti. Before the Giants/Colts game, Chris played a solo, instrumental version of the National Anthem. There was something simplistically magnificent about it. Just Chris and his horn in a dead quite Met Life Stadium in New Jersey.
During the telecast, with a backdrop of a giant American Flag over the field, the camera panned around to show the enormous flag, the Giants and Colts players, the crowd.
Then comes the magic moment. The camera gives a closeup shot on the Colts’ wide receiver Reggie Wayne who was literally moved to tears. I mean tears streaming down his cheeks.
This video will give you chills and may make a statement for more understated versions of the National Anthem. Bravo, Chris Botti. Reggie Wayne, bless your heart.