Chiefs' Chris Jones warned teammate he'd get emotional during Super Bowl national anthem


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Kansas City Chiefs defensive lineman Chris Jones was spotted shedding tears during the national anthem ahead of Super Bowl LVIII against the San Francisco 49ers earlier this month.

On Tuesday, “Inside The NFL” showed a mic’d up Jones warning his teammate George Karlaftis he was about to get emotional ahead of Reba McEntire’s rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

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Chris Jones, #95 of the Kansas City Chiefs, tears up prior to Super Bowl LVIII against the San Francisco 49ers at Allegiant Stadium on Feb. 11, 2024 in Las Vegas. (Luke Hales/Getty Images)

“This is when I gotta … Your boy about to get emotional,” Jones warned. “Forgive me.”

Karlaftis said it was OK for Jones to get emotional but made clear that he was going to make him get emotional as well.

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“Don’t cry. Unless you cry with me,” Jones said.

The Super Bowl broadcast cameras caught Jones with tears streaming down his face before he helped the Chiefs defense stymie the 49ers and help Kansas City to a 25-22 victory in overtime.

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Chris Jones, #95 of the Kansas City Chiefs, reacts after a play during Super Bowl LVIII at Allegiant Stadium on Feb. 11, 2024 in Las Vegas. (Steph Chambers/Getty Images)

Jones had four tackles and two QB hits during the game. Karlaftis had five tackles and three QB hits.

While Jones may become a free agent in the offseason, at the Super Bowl parade he vowed he was going to stay with the Chiefs.

“I need three of those rings, baby,” he told parade-goers. “We ain’t done yet. We ain’t done yet. Kansas City, we will be back here next year. And for those who want Chris Jones, I ain’t going nowhere, baby!”

Chris Jones at the Super Bowl parade

Kansas City Chiefs defensive tackle Chris Jones, right, is hugged by quarterback Patrick Mahomes, center, and defensive tackle Derrick Nnadi, at left, as he announces that he plans to play for the Chiefs next season, during their victory rally in Kansas City, Missouri, Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2024. (AP Photo/Reed Hoffmann)

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The Chiefs will look to become the first NFL team to win three consecutive Super Bowls next season.

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