A former high school football star in South Carolina who was tragically injured when he was hit by a truck while walking along a local highway returned to his former field to make a statement and stand again on the field during the National Anthem.
As reported by South Carolina ABC affiliate WPDE, former Conway football star Wesley Baker lost one of his legs following an accident when he was struck by a large truck along the highway. He also suffered brain damage and a host of other injuries which required years of rehabilitation. Finally, he reached a point where he could stand again.
That’s what unfolded before Conway’s game against Myrtle Beach, when Baker stood and remained at attention throughout the rendition of the National Anthem. While Baker ultimately still plans to walk across the field once he has fully regained the ability, there was little question that he was also making a statement about his family’s patriotism in his choice to stand during the National Anthem in particular .
“Wesley, he’s worked hard, he’s lost his leg and he had a right to sit down, but now God is giving him the strength to stand up, and we all need to stand up for America,” Baker’s mother, Debra Phipps, told WPDE.