University of Texas football players kneel in silence for nine minutes at the end of a team march to the Capitol on Thursday June 4, 2020, to protest the killing of George Floyd. [JAY JANNER/AMERICAN-STATESMAN]

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#WeAreOne: All kinds of Texas exes show support for current players pushing for change

Former players across multiple sports all tweet a message of unity, show of support for current Horns

Posted June 16th, 2020

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Texas exes across the athletic spectrum were tweeting their support Tuesday for the current Longhorns engaged in campus activism to change UT’s racial environment.

Former football players Lance Gunn, Mike Adams, Jamaal Charles, Derrick Johnson, Tim Crowder, Sam Acho, Quandre Diggs and Johnathan Gray and more all tweeted an image with a message from former players.

“The University of Texas athlete alumni are in absolute opposition to racism in any form and are engaged in meaningful collaboration to enact change. We are united in our support for our current student athletes,” it read, followed by the hashtag #WeAreOne.

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“Proud of the way the young men at @TexasFootball have lead the charge in the fight against racism,” Acho tweeted. “We are with you, we are for you, we are one.”

Nate Boyer added, “You come at that @TexasFootball locker room you come at me and every other athlete that ever set foot in there.”

It wasn’t just former football players, though. Greg Swindell, Cat Osterman, Haley Eckerman and Nneka Enemkpali — athletes representing four different sports — all tweeted their support as well.

“And it’s not just the football locker room!! @TexasVolleyball locker room too!!,” Eckerman tweeted.

The current players made a social media push last Friday to put forward a series of requests that addressed UT’s racial past. The players asked UT to change the name on various buildings, honor UT’s first black letterman Julius Whittier and change the lyrics to “The Eyes of Texas.”

Interim Texas president Jay Hartzell announced Monday he would start meeting with campus leaders and athletes to determine and formulate a plan of action for later this summer.

Contact Brian Davis at 512-445-3957. Email bdavis@statesman.com.

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