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Scotty McCreery to sing before his beloved Patriots play

Scotty McCreery gives the Wolfpack sign after singing the National Anthem before N.C. State’s game against Central Michigan on Oct. 8, 2011 at Carter-Finley Stadium in Raleigh.
Scotty McCreery gives the Wolfpack sign after singing the National Anthem before N.C. State’s game against Central Michigan on Oct. 8, 2011 at Carter-Finley Stadium in Raleigh.

“American Idol” winner Scotty McCreery has made no secret of his love of the New England Patriots, even dressing as Tom Brady for Halloween.

On Saturday, he’ll get to cross another item off his musical bucket list – he’ll perform the National Anthem before the Patriots host the Kansas City Chiefs in an AFC playoff game.

“My dad, who was raised in New England, instilled a love of the New England Patriots in me from birth,” McCreery said in a statement. “I was at the Super Bowl last year when they won – maybe that makes me their good luck charm. I cannot wait to sing in Gillette Stadium and then cheer the Patriots on to another victory!”

Saturday’s game airs on CBS at 4:35 p.m.

McCreery’s dad, Mike, will be with him at the game.

This isn’t McCreery’s first time singing the National Anthem on a high-profile stage. A former high school baseball player in Garner, he sang the anthem before Game 1 of the World Series in 2011. He’s also performed the anthem before football and basketball games at N.C. State University, where he is a student.

McCreery won the 10th season of “Idol” in 2011 and has sold more than 2.5 million albums since. He has a new album – his fourth – to be released this year, and his life story will be chronicled in a book, “Go Big or Go Home: The Journey Toward the Dream,” coming out May 3.

Thad Ogburn: 919-829-8987, @thadogburn

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