NFL Twitter Reacts To DeMarcus Ware’s National Anthem

DeMarcus Ware at the Hall of Fame game.

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Football is back as the NFL kicks off preseason play. To the pleasure of fans, the Cleveland Browns and New York Jets faced off Thursday night in the Hall of Fame game.

Viewers got an interesting introduction to the 2023 season during the pregame festivities. Former NFL star DeMarcus Ware sang the national anthem.

There are a number of headlines surrounding Thursday’s matchup.

While starting quarterbacks Deshaun Watson and Aaron Rodgers didn’t play, backup Zach Wilson did. The former first-round pick completed 3 of 5 passes for 65 yards in limited action.

Wilson’s girlfriend also went viral ahead of his first game of the year.

But like many preseason contests, particularly early in the schedule, the action on the field has been slow. At the time of this writing, the Jets lead 16-7 as viewers watch reserves battle it out for 60 minutes.

Maybe the most entertaining part of the night came before kickoff with DeMarcus Ware singing the Star-Spangled Banner.

Music has always been a big part of Ware’s life, calling it his first love in an essay on the Player’s Tribune.

I fell in love with [music] through my voice. Sometime around grade school, I started singing. I’m not even totally sure when, or how, or why. But it was one of those things where, once singing entered my life, I suddenly couldn’t remember life without it. I couldn’t get enough. Church, school, the shower, you name it — if I was there, I’d be singing.

Fans immediately responded to his recent performance on social media. The replies consisted of a mixed bag of reaction.

Some were impressed with Ware’s singing.

“He was very good,” this fan wrote.

Others disagreed.

“Now we know why he played football,” one person said.

“He’s so out of key the doors locked,” commented another.

In the end, it’s hard to hate on DeMarcus Ware’s national anthem. He reportedly performed in honor of his late teammate Demaryius Thomas.

That’s an awesome gesture no matter where you stand on the performance.

Jacob Elsey
BroBible writer. Jacob is a graduate of the University of South Carolina and is based in Charleston, SC.