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Navy Petty Officer Powell shares experience of singing National Anthem at Chargers game

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Charger's 28th annual Military Appreciation Night Charger's 28th annual Military Appreciation Night

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — The eyes of the nation were on San Diego Thursday night. They were watching to see if 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick would keep his promise not to stand during the singing of our National Anthem.

So how would you feel if you were the person who was going to sing it? 

That man was Navy First Class Petty Officer Steven Powell.

On military appreciation night, Powell said the fear of disappointing his 89-year-old mother was stronger than any pressure he might have felt being at the center of the Kaepernick controversy.

Kaepernick took a knee in protest of what he believes is the mistreatment of African Americans by police in our country.

It was military appreciation night in one of America's most patriotic cities.

The fans booed.

They changed "U-S-A," and then Powell took the microphone to sing the National Anthem.

An for this retired sailor, it was just another day on the job.

"You know what, I have a job to do and for me, my job was to sing the National Anthem and I couldn't let in any distractions," Powell said.

Powell is a pro. He's sung the Star Spangled Banner at NFL games, for Major League Baseball and at other large events.

This is the fir time there's been so much controversy surrounding one of his performances.

But he said Kaepernick's antics didn't bother him. 

"The first thing that came to my mind ... Show their patriotism," he said.

For Powell, there is no better way to show that patriotism than by singing the National Anthem. 

"The principles of the flag and the National Anthem is bigger than all of us and it means a whole lot more," Powell said.

Powell said the people of San Diego helped keep his focus on the mission at hand.

"The city of San Diego, the fans of the San Diego Chargers, all gave me chills. It was an amazing experience for me in this city," he said.

This was the Charger's 28th annual Military Appreciation Night.  It is always held during preseason and was planned long before Kaepernick began his protests.

Petty Officer Powell got the call to perform three weeks ago. He made the trip here from his home in Arizona.

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