Thursday, a hot, humid Texas day in early June, brought about what should stand forever as one of the most memorable moments in Texas football history.
Dozens of Longhorns, their coaches and support staff members walked from Royal-Memorial Stadium to the steps of the state capitol building, flanked by members of the UT and city of Austin police force.
Call it whatever you want — a George Floyd rally or a Black Lives Matter protest. The name ascribed to this gathering doesn’t particularly matter. It was without question a heartfelt expression of anger from mostly black UT athletes who are sick and tired of being targeted or judged simply for the color of their skin.
As light rush-hour traffic whizzed by on 15th Street, the entire group was asked to kneel for nine minutes. Law enforcement officers joined in. Total silence. Finally, Chris Brown, a senior defensive back from Houston, stood up.