The NAD National Association of the Deaf announced yesterday their pick for the Super Bowl LI National Anthem signer — Kriston Lee Pumphrey, best known for being an anchor for DPAN’s DTV News. He also appeared in an ASL music video — “Different Colors” — that was released two years ago for the AT&T “Feel the Music” competition. Here is the NAD’s official announcement (on Facebook).
Nice! Congratulations to Kriston and he will be signing two different songs — both the Star Spangled Banner and America the Beautiful. Who will sing? Country music superstar Luke Bryan.
I reached out to the NAD last night to ask what the process was to select a Super Bowl signer.
They responded by saying, “The NAD works closely with the NFL to determine a deaf ASL artist for each year's Super Bowl. Just as the NFL does, all determinations are made internally and no further information can be provided.”
So it’s a mystery. It’s cool that the NFL is working with NAD, that’s a great relationship that have provided our community with some of the biggest stages possible for #DeafTalent. Naturally, we hope he’ll get plenty of corner TV time.
The Super Bowl matchup between the Falcons and the Patriots will be on Sunday, February 5 at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas. It’ll be televised on FOX. The kickoff is 6:30 pm EST, and the anthem will be right before that, so be sure to have your TV’s ready at 6 pm, if not before!