Why CODA's Troy Kotsur Was "Honored" to Sign the National Anthem at Super Bowl 2023

Oscar winner Troy Kotsur took center stage at Super Bowl 2023 Feb. 12 when he served as one of three official ASL translators for the National Anthem.

By Mike Vulpo Feb 12, 2023 11:52 PMTags
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The king of award season is back for a very special event.

Close to a year after Troy Kotsur made history by becoming the first deaf male actor to receive an Oscar trophy, the CODA star attended the 2023 Super Bowl to sign the National Anthem.

On Feb. 12, Troy joined Colin Denny and Justina Miles as the three official ASL translators for the sporting event. The opportunity was something the 54-year-old was thrilled to be part of. 

"The National Association of the Deaf (NAD) invited me here and it's so great to see this diversity representing different types of deaf communities," he said during a Feb. 9 press conference. "When they asked me, ‘Hey Troy, would you mind signing the national anthem at the Super Bowl?' I said, ‘Yeah, sure. I'm in.'"

Troy went on to say he was "honored" to be signing the anthem at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Ariz., after being born and raised nearby in Mesa.

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He also explained why he would be channeling the writer of the national anthem, Francis Scott Key, during his performance.


"He actually witnessed what happened during the Revolutionary War and seeing that the flag was still there, and the smoke and the fire and even through it all, the flag had remained," Troy said. "I'm becoming Francis and put myself in his shoes and tell it from his perspective."

"I'm going to show you all what I'm seeing and what he wrote, which was pure poetry," he added. "I'm going to add in my personality as an artist, and put it all out there to show you all my work."

Keep reading to see more stars who were part of the National Anthem at Super Bowl games over the years. 

Chris Stapleton

The country music singer kicked off Super Bowl 2023 with a powerful rendition of the National Anthem. 

Eric Church & Jazmine Sullivan

For 2021, Super Bowl LV brought together the country crooner and R&B artist for a special rendition of the National Anthem. 

Whitney Houston

The New York Giants might've won 1991's Super Bowl XXV, but Whitney Houston was the standout star to many fans. Her rendition of the National Anthem backed by The Florida Orchestra is one of the most iconic Super Bowl performances of all time...it even reached number 20 on Billboard's Hot 100 List.

Natalie Cole

In 1994, Natalie Cole appeared at Super Bowl XXVIII alongside the Atlanta University Center Chorus to sing the National Anthem.

Luther Vandross

When Super Bowl XXXI took over New Orleans in 1997, the R&B singer performed a memorable rendition of the National Anthem as Miss Louisiana 1996, Erika Scwarz Wright, accompanied him by doing sign language for the song.


In 1999, the "Believe" singer belted out the "Star Spangled Banner" at Super Bowl XXXIII in Miami and we're shocked she hasn't made this a regular gig.

Faith Hill

Faith Hill performed the National Anthem at Super Bowl XXXIV in 2000 at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. Next time we vote for Hill teaming up with her husband Tim McGraw for a Super Bowl performance we'd never forget.

Backstreet Boys

The Backstreet Boys sang the National Anthem in perfect harmony at Super Bowl XXXV in 2001 in Tampa, Florida. 

Mariah Carey

In 2002, the "We Belong Together" singer performed the National Anthem at Super Bowl XXXVI in New Orleans.

The Dixie Chicks

The Dixie Chicks took the field in 2003 to perform the National Anthem at Super Bowl XXXVII in San Diego and it was totally empowering to watch.


In 2004, Beyoncé performed at Super Bowl XXXVIII in her hometown of Houston making the event even more memorable.

U.S. Armed Forces Academy Choruses

In 2005, at Super Bowl XXXIX, the National Anthem was performed by the combined choirs of the United States Naval Academy, United States Air Force Academy, United States Military Academy at West Point, United States Coast Guard Academy, accompanied by the United States Army Herald Trumpets.

Aretha Franklin and Aaron Neville

Aretha Franklin and Aaron Neville both demanded our respect when they performed at the 2006 Super Bowl in Detroit.

Billy Joel

The piano man himself sang the National Anthem at the 2007 Super Bowl in Miami and not many have been able to achieve his flawless execution level while singing this song. 

Jennifer Hudson

Former American Idol star Jennifer Hudson performed at the Super Bowl in 2009 in Tampa, Florida.

Carrie Underwood

In 2010, Carrie Underwood sang the National Anthem at the Super Bowl in Miami and she shined in her white and silver outfit.

Christina Aguilera

Christina Aguilera belted it out as she performed at the 2011 Super Bowl in Arlington, Texas.

Kelly Clarkson

In 2012, Kelly Clarkson took the field to perform the National Anthem in Indiana and if you didn't think she had a killer voice before she took the stage, you definitely knew it after she was finished.

Alicia Keys

Alicia Keys brought her legendary voice and her trusty piano to the 2013 Super Bowl in New Orleans.

Idina Menzel

Frozen star Idina Menzel sang at Super Bowl XLIX in Glendale, Arizona in 2015 and she definitely let it go.

Lady Gaga

Leave it to Lady Gaga to take over the historic Super Bowl 50 stage and slay it in an epic Americana ensemble as she sang the National Anthem in 2016 in Santa Clara, Calif.

Luke Bryan

In 2017, country superstar Luke Bryan took the field to perform at Super Bowl 51 in Houston, Texas.


The "So What" singer wowed the crowd as she took to the field to perform during the 2018 Super Bowl in Minneapolis. Pink was actually battling the flu during her performance, but was still able to deliver a legendary rendition.

Gladys Knight

The iconic artist gave us chills with her beautiful rendition of the National Anthem during the 2019 Super Bowl in Atlanta.

Demi Lovato

In 2020, Demi took to the field at the Hard Rock Stadium to perform "The Star-Spangled Banner." For her performance, which earned rave reviews, Lovato donned a white Sergio Hudson pantsuit complete with a belt.

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