Walters football players start new tradition

Walters football players start new tradition

WALTERS, Okla._Senior football players at Walters High School are starting a new tradition with some of the younger students.

Technology coordinator Kristie Smith explains model students who work hard at Walters Elementary may become a Blue Devil Buddy. Senior football players agreed to do something a little bit different this year when it comes to game day traditions.

Normally, players wear a dress shirt and tie on game days and give their jersey to a favorite teacher of staff member to wear during the day for good luck. This year, the seniors, who have played all four years under coach Griffin, are starting a new tradition. Instead of giving their jersey to teachers and staff members, they're giving their jerseys to 3rd-, 4th- or 5th-grade students declared Blue Devil Buddies.

"One of the most important aspects is for our older athletes to be involved and show leadership to our younger students," coach Griffin explained when asked about the change to tradition.

The students had no idea this was happening and were pleasantly surprised.

Walters takes on Wilson at 7:30 p.m. Friday.