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Mormon Tabernacle Choir Featured on ESPN College GameDay

There it was on television screens across America—an image of Mack Wilberg holding the baton and conducting the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square performing “Hallelujah” from Handel’s Messiah. But something was different: this wasn’t a Music and the Spoken Word broadcast or a concert rerun on BYUtv—this was on ESPN. Yes, that ESPN.

Ten seconds into the Choir singing “Hallelujah,” the screen splits, and images of a recent BYU football game appear as the announcer exclaims, “Tanner [Mangum] launches it, goes for the end zone, at the goal line, I think he caught it for a touchdown. He got it! He got it! He got it!!!” The scene shifts to the second game of the season where BYU won on another miraculous touchdown. “Mangum flips it into the end zone, we’ve seen this before—touchdown BYU!" the announcer shouted.

The ESPN story went on to talk about BYU freshman Tanner Mangum’s choice to go on a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints before ever starting a game. Mangum has been called “The Hail Mary kid” and “Hail Mary Mangum,” but he’s taking it all in stride. When asked how his life has changed since the two miraculous types of plays, he said, “It’s definitely changed [but] to me I’m me. I’ve done my best, and I don’t get too worried about what’s in the future or what’s in the past but just being where I am in that moment.”

The Choir was pleased to see and hear their recording featured on ESPN’s College GameDay, sparking a large number of social media shares from its members. And speaking of “Hallelujah,” the Choir’s long-awaited album featuring Handel’s Messiah will be released in the spring of 2016. Hallelujah and amen to that!

Here's the full "Hallelujah" video: