If you tuned into NBC's broadcast to the NFL season opener between the Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers on time, you witnessed some big-time, well-funded pregame festivities. One of those that surely did not disappoint? The singing of the national anthem. The NFL pulled out all the stops, as they got one of Chicago's own to deliver his rendition of the tune. And it was amazing.
Who Sang National Anthem at Packers-Bears?
Jim Cornelison is a professional singer from the Chicago area, who delivers "The Star Spangled Banner" and "O, Canada" during Chicago Blackhawks home games full-time since 2007. He's also sung at various Bears games, as well as the Indianapolis 500.
As a graduate of Indiana University's Masters of Music program in 1992, Cornelison has won various awards, like the William Matheus Sullivan Foundation Award, the George London Foundation Encouragement Grant, and first place in the 1997 America Opera Society of Chicago Vocal Competition.
Jim Cornelison is a Chicago legend, and it's only fitting that he had a big moment to help kick off the Bears' 100th season.