While most Super Bowl viewers were tuned in to see the football game, an unexpected surprise came at the beginning of the show during the National Anthem.
Loudoun County resident Warren “Wawa” Snipe gave an inspiring American Sign Language performance that stole the show and has now gone viral.
Snipe, who is deaf, is originally from Philadelphia and moved to the Washington, D.C., area to attend college. After graduation, he traveled around the world performing and eventually ended up in Ashburn with his family. He currently lives in Aldie.
Snipe was asked to audition for the Super Bowl and produced a video that was selected for another round of auditions in December. He found out in January that he would be performing at the Super Bowl.
“Preparation took weeks — which is normal,” Snipes told the Times-Mirror by email. “I have to study the lyrics, work on the ASL translation on each song. Then I studied the music by listening, trying to get a feel of the voice of each singer.”
Snipes said he rehearsed “many times” in the bathroom and outside the house.
“Especially when you look at the music videos of each singer and try to mimic the movements understand their face with passions and emotions. All of these contributed to the performance,” he said.
Snipes is humbled to know he has inspired many people.
“The main thing for me was to represent the deaf community to the best of my ability. I will forever be grateful for that,” he said.
More information can be found at diphopwawa.com.