One California high school football team is putting the NFL to shame. In the military town of Ridgecrest, the Sherman E. Burroughs High School football team made a profound patriotic statement.
The news has been filled with controversy over the NFL national anthem protests. In some cases, high school players have followed their professional counterparts example. Not so for the Burroughs players.
As “God Bless the USA” played over the loudspeakers, each player walked onto the field carrying an American flag. The fans in the stand irrupted in cheers.
As the National Anthem began to play, the players all remained standing. Each young man held a flag—clearly honoring their country.
A woman from Ridgecrest, Tina Marie, posted a video of the homecoming game where the players made their own demonstration. The clip has garnered over 4 million views since she posted it on Facebook on Friday.
According to The Blaze, one of the commenters on the video was Justin Smith, a member of the U.S. military.
“Just watched this video from Iraq a few minutes ago and I couldn’t be more proud of y’all,” Smith wrote.
He continued, “Great job boys, way to stand up for your country and show your appreciation for being an American. It makes it a lot easier for us overseas knowing we have support from guys like you. Shoutout to your head coach and coaching staff as well. I tip my cap to the parents, family, and friends of these players. Makes me proud to call Ridgecrest home. Way to go guys.“
The Burroughs went on to defeat the other team, Oak Hills, 20-17.
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