NFL fans showed off their love for the country and those who serve the United States when they broke out in chants of “USA! USA!” at the start of the 2023 NFL draft in Kansas City as members of the military were introduced to the crowd.
In video that appeared on YouTube on Friday, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell took to the stage at Union Station to announce that the start of the second day of the draft would begin after welcoming 31 players to the NFL from Thursday night’s first round.
“Let’s go Kansas City,” Goodell said to the hundreds of thousands of fans gathered at Union Station who could be heard yelling and hollering. “Well, looking out here tonight, thank you Kansas City for your passion. Thank you for being here.”
“And welcome back to night two of the 2023 NFL Draft,” he added. “Last night, in front of 125,000 people here in Kansas City and 34 million viewers, we welcomed 31 extraordinary players into the NFL family.”
“Tonight, as you can see, I’m joined by some current players and legends who will help us select the next generation of players that’s joining the NFL,” Goodell continued. “Also on stage are active duty service members from the Army, Navy, Air Force, Space Force, Coast Guard, and Marine Corp.”
As the commissioner continued to introduce the military members, the crowd cheered loudly and clapped before they started chanting “USA! USA! USA!”
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Several members of the military were also seen cheering and chanting along, “USA!”
Wide shots of the crowd around Union Station and closeups of those next to the stage showed one person after another continuing the chant of “USA!” as it got louder and louder.
The second round then kicked off with the Pittsburgh Steelers on the clock first with their first pick going to Joey Porter Jr., CB (Penn State), the son of one of their legendary players, Joey Porter. It was followed by Will Levis QB (Kentucky), who went to the Tennessee Titans, who surprisingly remained on the board at the end of round 1.