Texas Longhorns quarterback Sam Ehlinger is taking a stand as the country is shaken by riots and looting, backlash pertaining to George Floyd’s alleged murder, and a pandemic.
Over the weekend, Ehlinger took to social media to tell protesters he stands in solidarity as they continue protesting for national police reform. “Over the last few days, my heart has been extremely heavy,” Ehlinger said in the video. “I can’t find the right words to describe how I’m feeling, but I wanted to put out a video to try to capture as much as I could.”
“I grew up in a predominantly white neighborhood,” Ehlinger continued. “Playing college football has taught me a lot of lessons, but probably the one I’m most thankful for is the relationships and friendships I have built with my teammates. I realize nobody should be differently because of their skin color. I’ve formed unbelievable relationships with guys I’m so thankful for.”
“In Matthew 22, God says, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself,’ and that’s something I try to live by,” Ehlinger told viewers. “I would just like to say that I’m extremely sorry for the way the black community has been treated. It’s not what God has called us to do, and I hope that we can move forward soon and treat everyone equally and understand there shouldn’t be any difference of how someone is treated because of their skin color or their race.”
WHAT THE WISE MEN ARE SAYING ABOUT THE LONGHORNS
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WHAT WE’RE READING
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SBNation: Racial injustice is not blind to popularity
The Ringer: The importance of nationwide protests of George Floyd’s death
ESPN: MLB is having more trouble getting a 2020 season going than other sports. Here’s why
NEWS ACROSS THE LONGHORN REPUBLIC AND BEYOND
- We’ve asked ourselves the question a thousands time over. Now, Sports Illustrated is asking it again after 247Sports sat down with Sam Acho last week: Would Texas have beaten the Alabama Crimson Tide in 2009 had Colt McCoy not been hurt? “Is that a question?... I don’t even know we’re discussing. That’s not even a question.” Acho said. “It was hard having Colt go down, but at the same time, that’s what adversity makes you do — it makes you try to rally together, and we did,” Acho said. “We had a lull but came back in the third quarter and rallied behind Garrett Gilbert. Jordan Shipley had an amazing catch for a touchdown in that third quarter and brought it back to a closer game, and we didn’t get it done.”
Ten years ago today: The last time Texas football played for a championship.— Jake García (@Jake_M_Garcia) January 7, 2020
The Longhorns fell to Alabama in the BCS National Championship Game, as Colt McCoy went down with an injury after just five plays, forcing in freshman Garrett Gilbert.
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- Is Texas at a disadvantage returning to campus a week after the LSU Tigers? That’s the question posed by 247Sports. From 247Sports: “It would be disingenuous to suggest that it doesn’t give LSU an advantage on some level. At a time when one would think the playing field should be level, the fact that it’s not going to be – even on a level as small as a team on the schedule getting an extra week to get players on campus for voluntary workouts – has to be considered significant,” senior writer Jeff Howe writes. Click on the link for more.
LSU plants team flag in Texas— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) September 8, 2019
- Former Texas cornerback Kris Boyd on his transition to the NFL.
Thank you @fox7austin for taking the time to spotlight @kris23db & my work representing Austin area athletes. #ItsFunBeingFast— Chux Speed (@ChuxSpeed) May 31, 2020
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- Pro Football Focus thinks Ehlinger is the nation’s third-best quarterback entering 2020, behind the Clemson Tigers’ Trevor Lawrence and the Ohio State Buckeyes’ Justin Fields.
"Sam Ehlinger is being overlooked. Go watch the film...I did." - @joelklatt#ThisIsTexas #HookEm pic.twitter.com/uhgDW72sFK— Texas Football (@TexasFootball) September 28, 2019