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High School Football Player Sings National Anthem (Video)

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A high school football player gained attention online after he was filmed stepping off the field to sing the national anthem (video below).

Samuel Keith, 15, sang the iconic song before a game at Nashoba Regional High School, according to See It Live. In the footage, the sophomore is seen taking his helmet off and walking to the microphone after leaving his team's huddle.

"And now, ladies and gentlemen, in order that we honor America, I'd like you all to stand for this performance of our national anthem," says the announcer. "And it's going to be performed tonight by Nashoba sophomore, Sam Keith."

Sam's voice is shockingly powerful for his age, and his rendition of "The Star-Spangled Banner" made waves online, racking up over 860,000 views on YouTube since it was originally posted in 2015.

Sam has reportedly continued to follow his passion for music and is currently studying musical theater at the University of Cincinnati.

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Commenters online were moved by Sam's performance.

"Great voice!!!" wrote one user on YouTube. "Big career waiting for you after some more training and maturing. Just take your time and make sure to make smart choices. Best of luck! "

"Record deal for the young man right now, i thought for sure he should have just dropped the mike on the ground and went to the huddle," commented another user.

"Almost 3yrs later and have to say as a fellow bass singer that was spot on!" wrote another. "For someone that age and such a profound voice was superbly done."

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Sam isn't the only singer whose rendition of the national anthem unexpectedly went viral. In July, an Ohio father gained online buzz after he was filmed singing "The Star-Spangled Banner" at a Missouri Walmart, according to ABC.

James Fruits, 40, was recorded singing the anthem at a Walmart in Osage Beach while on vacation. According to Fruits, he first started singing the anthem in response to a friend's dare in an aisle that featured American flags.

The store's manager overheard the performance and asked Fruits to sing the anthem over the store's intercom.

"They wanted me to do it again and I said: 'Yea!'" said the dad. "People gathered around and cheered and there were some Walmart employees there as well. I thought great timing being around the Fourth of July and being in the heart of Missouri where people seem to be super patriotic."

Walmart shared the video on its Facebook page, where it received over 10,000 reactions and over 3,000 shares in the following months.

"It's blown me away and I am honored and humbled that so many people are loving it so much," Fruits said.

Sources: Walmart/Facebook, See It Live, SamuelJKeith/YouTube, ABC / Featured Image: Sashikag/Flickr / Embedded Images: SamuelJKeith/YouTube

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