President Donald Trump walked out onto the field for the national anthem with a ROTC color guard members before the start of the College Football National Championship game between Alabama and Georgia.
Zac Brown Band sang the national anthem.
Both teams were not on the field for the performance. The NCAA does not require athletes to be out on the field for the national anthem during the regular season. Players are required to take the field for the anthem for NCAA-sanctioned championship and playoff events but the bowl games and the College Football Playoff do not fall under that rule.
President Trump has been very vocal against players in the NFL who protest during the national anthem. He has called on the NFL to suspend or release anyone who does not stand on the sidelines for the anthem.
Watch Trump take the field:
Trump left the game during halftime. He walked off Air Force One just after midnight and climbed into a black SUV headed back to the White House. The plane finished taxiing just as Alabama missed a field goal that could have won the game in regulation.