Kriston Lee Pumphrey selected to perform National Anthem in ASL at Super Bowl LI

FOX and NFL has announced today that Country Superstar Luke Bryan will sing the National Anthem as part of the Super Bowl Li pregame festivities and Kriston Lee Pumphrey will be signing the ASL portion of the song alongside with Luke Bryan.

Kriston Lee Pumphrey is a well-known actor in the Deaf Community and is known mostly as a newscaster/lead anchor on D-TV News.

KristonLeeKriston Lee Pumphrey is a performing artist who is working as a news anchor at the Deaf Professional Arts Network (DPAN-TV).  Kriston Lee graduated from the Rochester Institute of Technology in 2009 with a degree in business and communication. Kriston Lee has been involved in politics for some time and not only has he co-founded ColorFest, a Deaf LGBT leadership conference for college students that is hosted both at Gallaudet University and the National Technical Institute for the Deaf. He also has been extremely involved on the board of a D.C. based nonprofit organization that strives to end sexual assault and domestic violence within the Deaf and Hard of Hearing community.

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We wrote about him and his involvement in AT&T and D-Pan campaign they had two years ago! 

TSG congratulates Kriston Lee Pumphrey and we look forward to him representing ASL and the Deaf Community.

Check out the history of those who has signed in the Super Bowl below!

Super Bowl

Performer

Super Bowl

Performer

Super Bowl I

Universities of Arizona & Michigan Bands

Super Bowl XXVII

Garth Brooks (Signed by Marlee Matlin)

Super Bowl II

Grambling University Band

Super Bowl XXVIII

Natalie Cole with Atlanta University Center Chorus (Signed by Courtney Keel Foley)

Super Bowl III

Anita Bryant (Pledge of Allegiance by Apollo Astronauts)

Super Bowl XXIX 

Kathie Lee Gifford (Signed by Heather Whitestone)

Super Bowl IV

Al Hirt (Pledge of Allegiance by Astronauts)

Super Bowl XXX 

Vanessa Williams (Signed by Mary Kim Titla)

Super Bowl V

Tommy Loy (trumpeter)

Super Bowl XXXI

Luther Vandross (Signed by Erika Schwarz)

Super Bowl VI 

U.S. Air Force Academy Chorale

Super Bowl XXXII 

Jewel (Signed by Phyllis Frelich)

Super Bowl VII

Andy Williams & Little Angels of Holy Angels Church (Chicago) Pledge of Allegiance by Apollo 17 crew

Super Bowl XXXIII

Cher (Signed by Speaking Hands)

Super Bowl VIII

Charlie Pride

Super Bowl XXXIV

Faith Hill (Signed by Briarlake Elementary School Signing Choir)

Super Bowl IX

Grambling University Band with Mardi Gras Chorus

Super Bowl XXXV

Backstreet Boys (Signed by Tom Cooney); “America The Beautiful” performed by Ray Charles

Super Bowl X

Tom Sullivan

Super Bowl XXXVI

Mariah Carey (Signed by Joe Narcisse); “America The Beautiful” performed by Mary J. Blige & Marc Anthony

Super Bowl XI

Vicki Carr (America the Beautiful)

Super Bowl XXXVII

Dixie Chicks (Signed by Janet Maxwell);

“God Bless America” performed by Celine Dion

Super Bowl XII

Phyllis Kelly of NE Louisiana State University

Super Bowl XXXVIII

Beyoncé Knowles (Signed by Suzanna Christy)

Super Bowl XIII

Colgate University Thirteen

Super Bowl XXXIX

More than 100 representatives from the four branches of the military (Signed by Wesley Tallent )

Super Bowl XIV

Cheryl Ladd

Super Bowl XL

Aaron Neville and Dr. John with Aretha Franklin & Detroit based 150-member choir (Signed by Angela LaGuardia of Michigan School for Deaf).

Super Bowl XV

Helen O’Connell

Super Bowl XLI 

Billy Joel (Signed by Marlee Matlin and Jason Hay-Southwell)

Super Bowl XVI

Diana Ross

Super Bowl XLII

Jordin Sparks (Signed by A Dreamer)

Super Bowl XVII

Leslie Easterbrook

Super Bowl XLIII

Jennifer Hudson (Signed by Kristen Santos)

Super Bowl XVIII

Barry Manilow

Super Bowl XLIV

Carrie Underwood (Signed by Kinesha Battles)

Super Bowl XIX 

Children’s Choir of San Francisco

Super Bowl XLV

Christina Aguilera (Signed by Candice Villesca)

Super Bowl XX 

Wynton Marsalis

Super Bowl XLVI

Kelly Clarkson (Signed by Rachel Mazique)

Super Bowl XXI 

Neil Diamond

Super Bowl XLVII

Alicia Keys (Signed by John Maucere)

Super Bowl XXII 

Herb Alpert

Super Bowl XLVIII

Renée Fleming (Signed by Amber Zion)

Super Bowl XXIII 

Billy Joel

Super Bowl XLIX

Idina Menzel (Signed by Treshelle Edmond)

Super Bowl XXIV

Aaron Neville

Super Bowl 50

Lady Gaga (Signed by Marlee Matlin)

Super Bowl XXV 

Whitney Houston

Super Bowl LI

Luke Bryan (Signed by Kriston Pumphrey)

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