St. Joseph players take a knee

This video screenshot shows St. Joseph players taking a knee as a funeral procession

passes by.

Billy Bartholomew was driving by the St. Joseph practice field after picking up his daughter from Trinity Episcopal School.

But what Bartholomew saw next made him stop his car.

“I was driving down Main Street and saw all of the St. Joseph players stop to take a knee during a funeral procession,” Bartholomew said. “It was cool, and I sent a video of it to all of my family members.”

The funeral was for Tom Followwill, 22, of Victoria, who drowned in Port O’Connor.

Followwill graduated from St. Joseph in 2014.

“We were getting ready for practice and as we were walking out, one of the kids yelled, ‘Coach, funeral! Coach funeral!’ said St. Joseph athletic director and football coach Bryan Jones. “It wasn’t planned and it just happened. I gotta thank the kids; they were the first ones to notice.”

Bartholomew said there were at least 100 cars were in the procession.

But the Flyers didn’t stand until every car had passed.

“It was 102 degrees outside, and not one person said a word,” Jones said. “The cross country team stopped as well to acknowledge the funeral. It’s almost like everyone had the feeling it was our former St. Joseph student. Whether we knew him or not, we wanted to show respect.”

Rey Castillo is the assistant sports editor for the Victoria Advocate. He may be reached at rcastillo@vicad.com, 361-574-1240 or on Twitter @reycastillo361.

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