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Patriots Star Danny Amendola Receives The Leonard Cohen Treatment

The New England Patriots will square off against the Philadelphia Eagles this Sunday at Super Bowl LII, and fans have something to sing about it.

Whether you’re a diehard Patriot or just tune in every year to hear the national anthem, you will be stirred by this strangely emotional parody of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” that celebrates Patriots wide receiver Danny Amendola.

The eerily perfect parody, written by Ian Cunningham with Angelina Nardella and Ian Biggs and performed by Cunningham, Sarah Gonzalez, Amy Vento, and Gina Jeannette, is beginning to go viral. The ode praises Danny Amendola, the 32-year-old receiver who emerged as an irrepressible powerhouse during the playoffs. ESPN is predicting that he will be “the best player on the field” during the Sunday game.

Enjoy the parody, the video, and the suave yet soulful Amendola. Even if you didn’t understand a single word, as I did, the experience is borderline spiritual.

Jenny Singer is a writer for the Forward. You can reach her at or on Twitter @jeanvaljenny




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