By: Kiersten Ehr
SAN MARCOS– Texas State University’s very own Brain Guendling has gone viral world wide in his Youtube video ‘College Football Players Perform First Sign Language Concert Ever.”
The music video targets the hearing impaired. Brian’s background with special needs kids helped set the way for his global sensation that has made it’s way to ESPN, CNN, SI, national and international headlines as well as stardom for Mr. Brian Guendling. Brian’s intentions are pure as his passion is to have concerts for the hearing impaired.
Below is the link to Guendling’s Youtube sensation.
‘DON’T BELIEVE ME JUST WATCH!’: SPECIAL NEEDS COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYER PERFORMS ‘UPTOWN FUNK’ IN SIGN LANGUAGE
Meet Brian Guendling:
Brian is a junior at Texas State in San Marcos, Texas where he plays football (defensive end) for the Bobcats. A San Diego native, Guendling’s father (Mike Guendling) played football and hockey at Northwestern and was later drafted in the second round of the 1984 NFL Draft for the San Diego Chargers as a linebacker.
The Gist of it: Brian Guendling is a Texas State football player and special needs student (An American hero if you ask me).
“I WANT MY DEAF FRIENDS TO HAVE THE SAME OPPORTUNITY AS THE HEARING,” GUENDLING SAID.
When Guendling’s mother was pregnant with Brian she was told he might be mentally challenged since his two uncles, both of which are wheelchair-bound, blind, and mentally challenged. Brian is not mentally challenged but he did not say his first word until he was four years old (was in special education classes up until high school where he struggled with short-term memory and grammar comprehension).
Cool Fact: Brian studied American Sign Language as an elective at a San Diego college during his junior year of high school according to Yahoo.
- Brian Guendling performed Mark Ronson’s ‘Uptown Funk’ on June 19th in sign language at a local San Marcos bar called Nephews with his football teammates as back up dancers
“A KID TOLD ME IT WAS HIS FIRST TIME HE HAD SEEN A CONCERT. THE LOOK IN HIS EYES WAS SO HEART-TOUCHING,” GUENDLING SAID.
- Guendling uploaded the video (what he called ‘the first sign language concert ever) to YouTube– as of July 17th the video has over 205,000 views
- The rumor is Brian wants to make some videos using songs from LMFAO, Kesha, Bruno Mars and other popular artists
How to Follow The Sign Language Man on social media: