Injured HS Football Player Rises from Wheelchair during National Anthem
Posted by ROLAND REZNIK on October 27, 2016. 0 Comments
High school football player Carson Geddes, 16, stands for the national anthem the day after surgery impressing many across America. The news is filled with stories, pictures, and videos of NFL football players sitting or kneeling during the national anthem. This situation has many Americans in a constant debate and uproar over the issue.
A Friday night high school football game produced one of the most inspirational photos yet. Geddes was on the sideline to support and watch his team. The national anthem started and Geddes, who was in pain from his surgery, stood for the entire song. He was deeply in pain towards the end, but his patriotic spirit made it through.
Geddes said, “Standing up was a little hard, so I had to lean on my wheelchair a little bit, definitely wasn’t feeling too good by the end of the song. I was hurting pretty bad but I felt like standing up was the right thing to do. I wanted to show support for my country.”
Carson’s parents were not surprised he stood during the national anthem. Geddes admits he is patriotic and wanted to show respect for his country and the military. Riley Jensen snapped the picture of Geddes and shared it on Twitter with the caption “I don’t know this kids name, but he plays for @oremhightigers in Utah. Impressive effort young man. I see you.”
In Hurst, Texas High School Junior Vita Tonga also stood up from his wheelchair during the national anthem. He had just received ACL surgery the day before. When the national anthem started he stood up to show his support for the United States.
Tonga said, “People give their lives just so I can stand up over here in the United States so, therefore, I feel as an American citizen, I should stand.”
Doug Brougham snapped the picture of Tonga standing during the anthem with his wheelchair beside him. Brougham commented on the picture saying, “Young man had ACL surgery yesterday morning yet he stood for Our National Anthem. Vita you are a hero.
These two inspirational stories of high school athletes fighting through pain to take a stand for their national anthem comes on the heels of many NFL players sitting or kneeling. San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick caused controversy by refusing to stand for the national anthem at a preseason game and continues to do so.
Kaepernick refuses to stand for the national anthem in protest. He stated, “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color. To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder against African Americans and other minorities.”
Kaepernick remained sitting down during a few games. However, a conversation with Nate Boyer, who is a Green Beret and former Seahawks player, caused Kaepernick to consider making a change. The exchange was civil and both parties were open to the others point of view. Boyer said, “We sorta came to a middle ground where he would take a knee alongside his teammates. Soldiers take a knee in front of a fallen brother’s grave, you know, to show respect.”
Kaepernick was very receptive to the suggestion and made the change alongside Boyer during the national anthem. Kaepernick invited Boyer to kneel with him. However, Boyer chose to stand next to him instead. Fellow Green Berets had negative comments towards Boyer for initiating Kaepernick take a knee instead of fully standing during the anthem.
Boyer explained, “we have to start somewhere.” Once Boyer explained the meaning behind taking a knee and what it means in the military. Some onlookers understood and admitted this could be a good compromise for those that wish to protest.
Kneeling during the national anthem by NFL athletes continues.