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Great Article Honoring A Teammate

Postby flivver33 » Fri Oct 25, 2013 8:25 pm

This past week a Temperance Bedford High School football player was involved in a motor vehicle accident and passed away Thursday afternoon. This article is a great but also tragic story about honoring a fellow teammate and the family-like relationships that are built while playing sports. Many of the area schools are wearing stickers on their helmets and the fans are having "red outs" to honor this student-athlete.

As the Bedford Kickin’ Mules lined up to kick the football to the Jefferson Bears, football fans quickly realized there were only 10 players on the Bedford side. To begin the game, the team started one player short to honor their fallen comrade, Colton Durbin. Colton, a 17-year-old senior and defensive back for the undefeated Mules, died Thursday as a result of injuries he suffered in a car crash the previous day. Prior to the start of the game, Jefferson’s announcer honored Colton. “At this time, starting for the Lord in heaven will be No. 3, Colton Durbin at 6 ft. 1, 160 pounds, senior defensive back,” the announcer said before the fans on both sides of Marc Cisco Alumni Field cheered. The atmosphere at the game was solemn. Some students and fans hugged each other while fighting back tears. After the teams’ starting line ups were announced, Jefferson’s announcer delivered a special message for the away crowd. “We extend our deepest sympathy to our friends, neighbors and family in the Bedford community,” he said. “As you grieve know that we are remembering you and honoring the memory of Mr. Colton Durbin.” Along the Bedford sideline, students held signs honoring Colton. Some of the signs read “Play for CD3” or “Ohana means no one gets left behind.” Ohana is a Hawaiian word meaning family.

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