-- The crowd was buzzing at Philadelphia's Lincoln Financial Field on Monday night even before kickoff of the Eagles game and it was all thanks to a U.S. Navy veteran.
Retired Petty Officer First Class Generald Wilson delivered a rendition of the national anthem that sent the crowd roaring and set social media on fire on Veteran’s Day eve.
“With me being in uniform, being able to sing the national anthem, it’s a great honor,” Wilson told ABC News after the game.
“You get to hear a crowd singing with you and that feels good,” he said.
Wilson knows well the feeling of getting a crowd on its feet, considering he has sung at more than 80 professional sports games over the past 16 years.
There was something about Monday night’s performance -- one that was back-dropped by a flag-draped football field, red fireworks and a live eagle watching from a perch high above the field -- that Wilson said was different.
“My battery on my phone ran down with all the congratulations,” Wilson said. “So it’s been a blessing to be able to be a blessing to other people.”
Wilson also received more than a few congratulatory tweets on Twitter.