WATCH: Garth Brooks Sings National Anthem At Super Bowl XXVII


Remember when our National Anthem was HIGHLY regarded?? The song that made us beam with pride before sporting events and it was seemingly even MORE special when it was performed before the SUPER BOWL, ah yes those were the days!!! So we are going to go "back-in-time" for just a moment to 1993! Picture this...Super Bowl XXVII (27 for our Roman Numeral challenged people like me) The Dallas Cowboys was representing the NFC and for the AFC, the Buffalo Bills (DALLAS WON BTW 52-17)

The game was played at the Rose Bowl in Pasedena, California and for those that don't remember the  in the early 90's this was 1993 and that area was still reeling from the L.A. Riots following the Rodney King verdict in 1992. Country Superstar Garth Brooks was set to perform the National Anthem that year and at that time he had just recently released the song "We Shall Be Free". A song Brooks wrote that was inspired by those events.  He was hoping to debut the video during the January 31st broadcast of Super Bowl 27 but the network deemed the video "too controversial" which caused Garth to walk out of the stadium 45 minutes before the kick-off! 

According to sources, Brooks had denied the network's request to pre-record his performance, leaving producers to rush to find a last minute replacement. Rocker Jon Bon Jovi happened to be in attendance and producers had him on standby as they argued with Brooks. Ultimately Brooks won, and the biggest sports event in America was delayed for the first time in its history to show Brooks' video. While Brooks ended up performing live, since his walkout the NFL has made it a requirement that all Super Bowl renditions of the anthem are pre-recorded. Hmmmmmmm I did not know that.....

As you will see in the video we shared  below, Garth is sporting a hairstyle that would have made Billy Ray Cyrus proud along a sign language interpretation from Academy Award-winning actress Marlee Matlin, who is hearing impaired. All in all it was one of the most memorable and an outstanding rendition of our National Anthem....


And oh the halftime was pretty impressive too....that year Michael Jackson performed during the Half-Time Show. Click to watch here

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