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Daily Almanac for Sunday, January 20, 2019: Full moon starts 20th & 21st

DAILY ALMANAC WRITTEN BY & COURTESY OF www.almanac.com

 

Howling Wolf in snow for Full moon of January (courtesy Old Farmer's Almanac)

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NFL announces 103 players granted special eligibility for upcoming 2019 Draft

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY NFL COMMUNICATIONS; COURTESY NFLmedia.com

 

103 PLAYERS GRANTED SPECIAL ELIGIBILITY FOR 2019 NFL DRAFT

32 additional players who have graduated also eligible for selection

 

The National Football League announced today the names of 103 players who have been granted special eligibility for the 2019 NFL Draft and 32 players who have fulfilled their degree requirements with college football eligibility remaining and are also eligible for selection in the April 25-27 draft in Nashville, Tennessee.

The following 32 players have in timely fashion under NFL rules officially notified the league office that they have fulfilled their degree requirements.  Consequently, they are eligible for selection:

  Player Pos College
1 Rodney Anderson RB Oklahoma
2 Alex Barnes RB Kansas State
3 Ryan Bates T Penn State
4 Venzell Boulware G Miami
5 Hakeem Butler WR Iowa State
6 Xavier Crawford DB Central Michigan
7 Jamel Dean DB Auburn
8 Clelin Ferrell DE Clemson
9 Cody Ford T Oklahoma
10 Youhanna Ghaifan DT Wyoming
11 Joe Giles-Harris LB Duke
12 Penny Hart WR Georgia State
13 Tyree Jackson QB Buffalo
14 Daniel Jones QB Duke
15 Dre’Mont Jones DT Ohio State
16 Dawson Knox TE Mississippi
17 David Long LB West Virginia
18 Erik McCoy C Texas A&M
19 Jakobi Meyers WR North Carolina State
20 Anthony Nelson DE Iowa
21 Tony Pollard RB Memphis
22 Anthony Ratliff-Williams WR North Carolina
23 Dax Raymond TE Utah State
24 Quart’e Sapp LB Tennessee
25 Cortrelle Simpson WR Richmond
26 Sutton Smith DE Northern Illinois
27 Jarrett Stidham QB Auburn
28 William Sweet T North Carolina
29 Josiah Tauaefa LB Texas-San Antonio
30 Deionte Thompson DB Alabama
31 Jonah Williams T Alabama
32 Caleb Wilson TE UCLA

Each of the 103 players listed below have met the league’s three-year eligibility rule and have renounced their college football eligibility by submitting written notification to the league office on or before the January 14 deadline.  Consequently, they are eligible for selection:

The players granted special eligibility for the 2019 NFL Draft:

  Player Pos College
1 Ed Alexander NT Louisiana State
2 Jeff Allison LB Fresno State
3 JJ Arcega-Whiteside WR Stanford
4 Mike Bell DB Fresno State
5 Amani Bledsoe DE Oklahoma
6 Nick Bosa DE Ohio State
7 Miles Boykin WR Notre Dame
8 A.J. Brown WR Mississippi
9 Marquise Brown WR Oklahoma
10 Sean Bunting DB Central Michigan
11 Brian Burns DE Florida State
12 Devin Bush LB Michigan
13 Hamp Cheevers DB Boston College
14 Damarea Crockett RB Missouri
15 Maxx Crosby DE Eastern Michigan
16 Tyrel Dodson LB Texas A&M
17 Greg Dortch WR Wake Forest
18 Clifton Duck DB Appalachian State
19 Jovon Durante WR Florida Atlantic
20 David Edwards T Wisconsin
21 Bobby Evans T Oklahoma
22 Datryan Evans TE Friends
23 Noah Fant TE Iowa
24 Jazz Ferguson WR Northwestern State, La.
25 Malik Gant DB Marshall
26 Chauncey Gardner-Johnson DB Florida
27 Rashan Gary DE Michigan
28 Zach Gentry TE Michigan
29 Kevin Givens DT Penn State
30 Jalen Guyton WR North Texas
31 Mecole Hardman WR Georgia
32 Kelvin Harmon WR North Carolina State
33 N’Keal Harry WR Arizona State
34 Dwayne Haskins QB Ohio State
35 Darrell Henderson RB Memphis
36 Nate Herbig G Stanford
37 Justice Hill RB Oklahoma State
38 Trysten Hill DT Central Florida
39 T.J. Hockenson TE Iowa
40 Joshuwa Holloman RB Eastern Michigan
41 Elijah Holyfield RB Georgia
42 Travis Homer RB Miami
43 Amani Hooker DB Iowa
44 Lil’Jordan Humphrey WR Texas
45 Joe Jackson DE Miami
46 Josh Jacobs RB Alabama
47 Andre James T UCLA
48 Darryl Johnson DE North Carolina A&T
49 Diontae Johnson WR Toledo
50 Tyron Johnson WR Oklahoma State
51 Michael Jordan G Ohio State
52 Vosean Joseph LB Florida
53 Tre Lamar LB Clemson
54 Dexter Lawrence DT Clemson
55 Justin Layne DB Michigan State
56 Greg Little T Mississippi
57 David Long DB Michigan
58 Julian Love DB Notre Dame
59 Alize Mack TE Notre Dame
60 Alexander Mattison RB Boise State
61 Connor McGovern G Penn State
62 D.K. Metcalf WR Mississippi
63 Shareef Miller DE Penn State
64 Dillon Mitchell WR Oregon
65 David Montgomery RB Iowa State
66 Trayvon Mullen DB Clemson
67 Byron Murphy DB Washington
68 Kyler Murray QB Oklahoma
69 Isaac Nauta TE Georgia
70 Chidi Okeke T Tennessee State
71 Ed Oliver DT Houston
72 Jachai Polite DE Florida
73 Ryan Pulley DB Arkansas
74 Taylor Rapp DB Washington
75 Riley Ridley WR Georgia
76 Tyler Roemer T San Diego State
77 Miles Sanders RB Penn State
78 Jordan Scarlett RB Florida
79 Kendall Sheffield DB Ohio State
80 Jeffery Simmons DT Mississippi State
81 Devin Singletary RB Florida Atlantic
82 Darius Slayton WR Auburn
83 Irv Smith TE Alabama
84 Kaden Smith TE Stanford
85 Saivion Smith DB Alabama
86 Benny Snell RB Kentucky
87 Dredrick Snelson WR Central Florida
88 Jace Sternberger TE Texas A&M
89 Jawaan Taylor T Florida
90 Darwin Thompson RB Utah State
91 John Ursua WR Hawaii
92 Kahale Warring TE San Diego State
93 Mike Weber RB Ohio State
94 Antoine Wesley WR Texas Tech
95 Devin White LB Louisiana State
96 Kerrith Whyte RB Florida Atlantic
97 Greedy Williams DB Louisiana State
98 James Williams RB Washington State
99 Joejuan Williams DB Vanderbilt
100 Preston Williams WR Colorado State
101 Quinnen Williams NT Alabama
102 Trayveon Williams RB Texas A&M
103 Mack Wilson LB Alabama

The following players inquired about their draft status and are eligible for selection without the need for special eligibility:​

  Player Pos College
1 Sean Adesanya DE Central Michigan
2 Blessuan Austin DB Rutgers
3 Jordan Brailford DE Oklahoma State
4 Keenen Brown TE Texas State
5 Byron Cowart DE Maryland
6 D’Andre Ferby RB Western Kentucky
7 P.J. Johnson DT Arizona
8 Daniel LaCamera K Texas A&M
9 L.J. Scott RB Michigan State

The number of players granted special eligibility for the NFL Draft the past 10 years:

Year Players Granted Special Eligibility Year Players Granted Special Eligibility
2019 103   2014 98
2018 106   2013 73
2017 95   2012 65
2016 96   2011 56
2015 74   2010 53


 

NFL, USA Football announces news of Flag Football Championships

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY NFL COMMUNICATIONS; COURTESY NFLmedia.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MORE THAN 70 YOUTH FLAG FOOTBALL TEAMS ACROSS 24 STATES TO COMPETE FOR NFL FLAG CHAMPIONSHIPS AT PRO BOWL IN ORLANDO​

 

More than 70 youth NFL FLAG football teams from 24 states will compete throughout Jan. 25-26 in Orlando, Florida, at the NFL FLAG National Championships at Pro Bowl powered by USA Football.

Teams across four divisions (9-10 Coed, 11-12 Coed, 13-14 Girls and 13-14 Boys) will participate in the annual culmination of the country’s premier youth flag football program. Teams qualified for the Championships by winning regional tournaments hosted by USA Football and twelve (12) NFL team markets. NFL FLAG Regional Tournaments in 2018 were hosted by the Arizona Cardinals, Atlanta Falcons, Cleveland Browns, Houston Texans, Los Angeles Rams, New England Patriots, New Orleans Saints, New York Jets, Oakland Raiders, Philadelphia Eagles, Seattle Seahawks and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

In addition to qualifying at regional tournaments, an additional 21 teams in the Boys 13-14 division were nominated by NFL teams to compete in Orlando. All games will be played at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex (700 S. Victory Way, Kissimmee, Fla. 34747).

Championship games for the 9 -10 Coed, 11-12 Coed and 13-14 Girls divisions will be played Saturday, Jan. 26 at the ESPN Wide World of Sports ​Complex and streamed live on ESPN3. NFL Pro Bowl players, Legends, and special guests will serve as guest coaches encouraging teams and engaging with fans. The 13-14 Boys championship game will be played Sunday, Jan. 27 at Camping World Stadium during pregame. Kickoff is 1:15 p.m. ET and can be viewed on ESPN/ABC properties.

More than 450,000 boys and girls age 5-17 played NFL FLAG powered by USA Football in 2018. NFL FLAG is a fun and dynamic non-contact football experience for kids to enjoy the sport’s fun and fitness while developing skills in an exciting team-centered atmosphere. Indianapolis-based USA Football is the sport’s national governing body and a member of the U.S. Olympic Committee.

NFL FLAG players and coaches will not only compete for national titles, but will attend Play Football Opening Night, have an opportunity to view the Play Football Celebrity Flag Game and participate in Youth Football & Community Day. They also will attend the NFL’s Pro Bowl, which will be played Sunday, Jan. 27 at 3 p.m. ET, telecast by ESPN.

Each of the National Championship teams participating in NFL FLAG Championships at Pro Bowl will wear jerseys of their hometown NFL teams.

Participating teams at the 2019 NFL FLAG Nationals powered by USA Football:

9-10 Coed

Hometown NFL Team (Jersey) Team Name Hometown
Arizona Cardinals Playmakers Elite Cardinals Gilbert, Arizona
Cleveland Browns YYFFA Browns Youngstown, Ohio
Detroit Lions Huron Valley Lions Highland, Michigan
Houston Texans Phantom Texans Spring, Texas
Los Angeles Chargers Play Sports Hawaii Chargers Ewa Beach, Hawaii
Los Angeles Rams High Intensity Rams San Diego, California
Miami Dolphins Red Zone Dolphins Miami, Florida
Miami Dolphins Ryan Football Dolphins Miami, Florida
New Orleans Saints Manzella Saints Kenner, Louisiana
Oakland Raiders Apex Raiders Henderson, Nevada
Washington Redskins Renegade Redskins Ashburn, Virginia
Washington Redskins VXS Redskins Purcellville, Virginia

11-12 Coed​

Hometown NFL Team (Jersey) Team Name Hometown
Arizona Cardinals AZ Elite Cardinals Chandler, Arizona
Arizona Cardinals Tucson Turf Cardinals Tucson, Arizona
Buffalo Bills East Area Rogue Bills Fayetteville, New York
Dallas Cowboys Metro Cowboys Dallas, Texas
Detroit Lions Flight Zone Lions Plymouth, Michigan
Los Angeles Rams High Intensity Rams San Diego, California
Miami Dolphins Red Zone Dolphins Miami, Florida
Miami Dolphins Ryan Football Dolphins Miami, Florida
New England Patriots NSFFL Elite Patriots Wellesley, Massachusetts
New Orleans Saints Duhe Saints Kenner, Louisiana
Oakland Raiders Apex Raiders Henderson, Nevada
Washington Redskins AFFL Redskins Annandale, Virginia

13-14 Girls

Hometown NFL Team (Jersey) Team Name Hometown
Arizona Cardinals AZ Red Zone Cardinals Phoenix, Arizona
Arizona Cardinals Tucson Turf Cardinals Tucson, Arizona
Cleveland Browns YYFFA Browns Youngstown, Ohio
Houston Texans Texas Fury Texans Austin, Texas
Miami Dolphins Ryan Football Dolphins Miami, Florida
New England Patriots NSFFL Elite Patriots Beverly, Massachusetts
New Orleans Saints Manzella Saints Kenner, Louisiana
Oakland Raiders 200% Raiders Henderson, Nevada
Oakland Raiders EBFF Raiders Oakland, California
Tampa Bay Buccaneers Make it Count Buccaneers Tampa, Florida
Washington Redskins Bandit Redskins Arlington, Virginia
Washington Redskins Fusion Redskins Arlington, Virginia

13-14 Boys

Hometown NFL Team (Jersey) Team Name Hometown
Arizona Cardinals HCA Az Dolphins Peoria, Arizona​
Arizona Cardinals Tucson Turf Cardinals Tucson, Arizona
Atlanta Falcons Westside Falcons Gainesville, Georgia
Baltimore Ravens Frederick Co. Ravens Frederick, Maryland
Buffalo Bills Buffalo Bills Buffalo, New York
Carolina Panthers Carolina Panthers Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
Chicago Bears Junior Bear Chicago, Illinois
Cincinnati Bengals Route Runner Bengals Dayton, Ohio
Cleveland Browns YYFFA Browns Youngstown, Ohio
Dallas Cowboys Mercy Street Cowboys Dallas, Texas
Denver Broncos We Sport U Broncos Longmont, Colorado
Detroit Lions Flight Zone Lions Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
Green Bay Packers Ripon Packers Ripon, Wisconsin
Houston Texans TFL Texans Spring, Texas
Indianapolis Colts Showtime Colts Ft. Wayne, Indiana
Jacksonville Jaguars Duval Dynasty Jaguars Jacksonville, Florida
Kansas City Chiefs Kansas City YMCA Chiefs Kansas City, Missouri
Los Angeles Chargers LA Chargers Irvine, California
Los Angeles Rams High Intensity Rams San Diego, California
Miami Dolphins Red Zone Dolphins Miami, Florida
Miami Dolphins Ryan Football Dolphins Miami, Florida
Minnesota Vikings Westside Vikings Gainesville, Georgia
New England Patriots North Shore Patriots Beverly, Massachusetts
New England Patriots NSFFL Elite Patriots Beverly, Massachusetts
New Orleans Saints Manzella Saints Kenner, Louisiana
New York Giants HEWBYL Giants Robbinsville, New Jersey
New York Jets West Bronx Jets West Bronx, New York
Oakland Raiders 200% Raiders Henderson, Nevada
Philadelphia Eagles Land of Opportunity Eagles Camden, New Jersey
Pittsburgh Steelers PFF Steelers Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
San Francisco 49ers Peninsula 49ers San Francisco, California
Seattle Seahawks Pick6 Seahawks Renton, Washington
Tampa Bay Buccaneers Make it Count Buccaneers Tampa, Florida
Tennessee Titans Nashville Titans Nashville, Tennessee
Washington Redskins VXS Redskins Purcellville, Virginia

For more information about NFL FLAG powered by USA Football, visit: www.nflflag.com.

About USA Football: USA Football designs and delivers premier educational, developmental and competitive programs to advance and grow the sport. As the sport’s national governing body, member of the U.S. Olympic Committee and organizer of the U.S. National Team for international competition, USA Football partners with leaders in medicine, child advocacy and athletics to support positive football experiences for youth, high school and other amateur players.​​

About Play Football: Play Football is a year-round initiative celebrating youth and high school football. Play Football works to shape the football experience, advocate for safety, promote football values and connect football communities. For more information, featured football stories, best practices and resources aimed to create a positive playing experience, please visit PlayFootball.com or follow @NFLPlayFootball. Join the conversation on social media using #LetsPlayFootball.

 

NFL announces 2019 Pro Bowl Events

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY NFL COMMUNICATIONS; COURTESY NFLmedia.com

 

Featuring a week-long celebration of football and new gameday experiences that showcase

Pro Bowl players ​

Game Tickets on Sale at ProBowl.com

 

In the lead up to the 2019 PRO BOWL PRESENTED BY VERIZON at ORLANDO’S CAMPING WORLD STADIUM on January 27, the NFL is hosting a week-long celebration to unite and inspire the entire football community.

Throughout the week, a fan-focused program offers free interactive experiences and youth and high school football competitions. For the third consecutive year, Pro Bowlers from the AFC and NFC will compete in unique competitions at the PRO BOWL SKILLS SHOWDOWN – this year featuring the “40-YARD SPLASH Presented by McDonalds,” where players will race to fill up a dunk tank and attempt to hit the target with a football. The event airs on Thursday, January 24, at 9:00 PM ET on ESPN and Disney XD.

The week also offers opportunity to give back to the community. For the first time at Pro Bowl, the NFL will host PRO BOWL COMMUNITY DAY on Saturday, January 26, when Pro Bowl players will participate in various activities supporting Community Service, Youth Football, Youth Health & Wellness, the Military Community, and Sustainability efforts. Through the NFL FOUNDATION PRO BOWL GIVEBACK, Pro Bowl players on the winning team may apply for a $10,000 NFL Foundation grant to be donated to the high school or youth football program of their choice. Also, during one practice, Pro Bowlers will be wearing special shirts adorned with the NFL PLAYER CARE FOUNDATION logo. The shirts will be auctioned off via NFL Auction, and all money raised will support retired players in need.

On gameday, fans can cheer on Pro Bowl players along the RED CARPET as they enter the stadium from 12:00-1:00 PM ET, and during the game there will be dedicated AFC AND NFC SEATING sections, enabling fans of rival teams to join forces and cheer on their conference as well as KIDZONE, a kid friendly play area in the North Plaza of the stadium where families can take their children during the game. NFL Network’s DAN HELLIE will be the stadium host and engage with fans throughout the game.

The Pro Bowl will be televised live Sunday, January 27 at 3:00 PM ET on ESPN, ESPN Deportes, Disney XD and ABC. Game streaming is available on ESPN digital platforms, Yahoo Sports on mobile, and the NFL app on mobile. Audio of the game will be broadcast nationally by Westwood One, and carried on SiriusXM and the TuneIn App. ESPN will also provide live coverage of many of the events during Pro Bowl Week across the ESPN, ABC and Disney platforms, in addition to NFL Media.

 


 

NFL announces that Empress of Soul, Gladys Knight to sing National Anthem at Super Bowl LIII

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN  BY NFL COMMUNICATIONS; NFL: Elena Bakar; CBS: Jen Sabatalle; Gladys Knight: Laura Herlovich; COURTESY NFLmedia.com

 

 

Gladys Knight in 1997 By Kingkongphoto & www.celebrity photos.com from Laurel Maryland, USA, CC BY-SA 2.0, https commons.wikimedia.org

Seven-time Grammy Award-winner and “Empress of Soul” GLADYS KNIGHT will sing the National Anthem as part of Super Bowl LIII pregame festivities at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta on Sunday, February 3, the NFL and CBS announced today. The performance will be televised live on CBS prior to kickoff.

“I am proud to use my voice to unite and represent our country in my hometown of Atlanta,” said GLADYS KNIGHT. “The NFL recently announced their new social justice platform Inspire Change, and I am honored to be a part of its inaugural year.”

Click HERE to watch an interview with Gladys Knight about her upcoming performance at Super Bowl LIII.

Gladys Knight has enjoyed #1 hits in Pop, Gospel, R&B and Adult Contemporary, and has triumphed in film, television and live performance. Knight has recorded two number-one Billboard Hot 100 singles (“Midnight Train to Georgia” and “That’s What Friends Are For”), eleven number-one R&B singles, and six number-one R&B albums. She has won seven Grammy Awards and is an inductee into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame along with The Pips. Fall of 2015 marked the release of Knight’s first mainstream dance record, “Just A Little” in nearly twenty years. The song serves as lead single from her twelfth studio album that she is currently on. The year of 2011 was a year of much recognition as Knight was both honoring and being honored, first at a Michael Jackson tribute concert, and then at the 2011 Soul Train Awards.

Gladys Knight joins the ranks of many great performers who have sung the Super Bowl National Anthem including: Christina Aguilera, Beyoncé, Garth Brooks, Luke Bryan, Mariah Carey, Cher, Natalie Cole, Harry Connick, Jr., Neil Diamond, Aretha Franklin, Lady Gaga, Faith Hill, Whitney Houston, Jennifer Hudson, Billy Joel, Alicia Keys, Wynton Marsalis, Idina Menzel, Aaron Neville, P!NK, Jordin Sparks, Diana Ross, Luther Vandross, Vanessa Williams, and many more. (A complete list of National Anthem performers from past Super Bowls is listed below.)

In addition, on behalf of the National Association of the Deaf (NAD), performer and deaf activist AARRON LOGGINS will sign in American Sign Language both the National Anthem and “America The Beautiful”.

The pregame and halftime shows are an NFL NETWORK PRODUCTION and will be executive produced by RICKY KIRSHNER.​

SUPER BOWL NATIONAL ANTHEM PERFORMERS

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)
Super Bowl XXVI Harry Connick, Jr. (Signed by Lori Hilary) Super Bowl LII P!NK (Signed by Alexandria Wailes)
Super Bowl LIII Gladys Knight

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ABOUT GLADYS KNIGHT:

Gladys Knight’s career started when at 7 years old she came to prominence on Ted Mack’s The Original Amateur Hour TV show in 1952.  Still performing over six decades in an ever-changing industry, she provides inspiration to those in and out of the arts both on and off the stage.  Few have matched her unassailable artistry.  The seven-time Grammy winner has had #1 hits in Pop, Gospel, R & B and Adult Contemporary while excelling in film, television and live performances.  She has won the NAACP Image Award for “Outstanding Gospel Album” and recorded over 38 albums over her career including four solo albums over the past decade.  In addition to her musical endeavors and performing accomplishments, Gladys was honored in 2015 when a portion of Atlanta’s State Route 9 from Peachtree Street to 14th Street was named Gladys Knight Highway.  In 2017, she and her husband, William McDowell, founded the Reynolds High School Community Foundation to benefit the renovation of the former high school into a community center for the Canton, NC community.

ABOUT AARRON LOGGINS:

Aarron Loggins is an accomplished dancer, performer, advocate, and actor. He is currently performing on series including The C-Word and Shock Nation, and can be seen in a short film, Warriors of the Red Ribbon. He was the Mister Deaf International of 2014 and was profiled on Fashion News Live. He has danced with performance groups as the Wild Zappers and Da Jump Back, and has performed with the National Theater of the Deaf. In addition, he has acted in several theater productions including Who’s Tommy, and Sense-Able. His talent includes creating visually compelling American Sign Language (ASL) performances of music.

 

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