Zac Brown Band took the field in Atlanta Monday night (Jan. 8) to sing the national anthem before the College Football Playoff National Championship. The band opened the game between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Georgia Bulldogs.
Thank you for the honor to sing our National Anthem. Now let’s #GoDawgs pic.twitter.com/yBmdSD7wIb
— Zac Brown Band (@zacbrownband) January 9, 2018
The country group had a special guest join them. 12-year-old Carly Ortega from Gwinnett County, Georgia, stood alongside the band at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium to perform the anthem in sign language. Ortega, who was born deaf, recently lost her mother, Daniella Osborn-King to cancer. Osborn-King was a huge University of Georgia fan, so Ortega signed the anthem in her mom’s memory, she told WSB-TV Atlanta.
Donald Trump was also in attendance, standing nearby on the field.
Watch the full performance on SB Nation.