The NFL and NAD announced their pick for the Super Bowl LI signer.

January 23, 2017

 

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!
 

 

 

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