Texas high school football player stands for national anthem days after surgery

Trending
This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

[protected-iframe id=”bf3482afa6eb3d2dbbee2a7859dbb8f1-29290497-106858368″ info=”http://player.ooyala.com/iframe.js#pbid=f5c333b0ed234aa5859d68a57e0c8177&ec=5zdnd1NTE69piY1dbv-S3lzAOiZ-StUv” width=”770px” height=”433px”]

HURST, Texas — Photos of NFL players refusing to stand during the national anthem have been going viral for weeks, including Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall, but it’s a photo of a high school player — standing despite the pain — that’s making the rounds on Twitter.

Hurst L.D. Bell High School junior Vita Tonga had ACL surgery on Friday.

He was on the sidelines just a day later, in a wheelchair, but when it came time for the anthem, Tonga took a stand.

“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,” he said.

Trademark and Copyright 2021 Cable News Network, Inc., a Time Warner Company. All rights reserved.

Most Read

Top Stories

More Home Page Top Stories