Except....the band screwed it up. You can watch video of the embarrassing flub here but -- beware -- it's pretty awkward.
Mike Eli, lead singer for the Eli Young Band, has released a statement apologizing for the screw-up.
"The Eli Young Band would like to apologize to the fans in attendance at this weekend’s Kansas City Chiefs game, as well as anyone who was offended by the performance. Lead singer Mike Eli has performed the Anthem at numerous sporting events (including the 2010 NCAA Cotton Bowl Classic) and was honored when asked to perform at their first NFL game at Arrowhead Stadium. Severe technical difficulties combined with nerves threw the singer off track and got the best of him.
‘I’d like to apologize to the Kansas City Chiefs and their fans,’ said Eli. ‘I was hoping to give you a better performance. I take singing our National Anthem very seriously and look forward to singing it again in the future. I promise to knock it out of the park the next time!’"
What do you say, Chiefs fans, is he forgiven?
(H/T KcChiefsfan506 and Arrowheadlines)