Photo of teen football player praying for injured teammate goes viral

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RICHTON, Miss. — A photo of a teen football player in Mississippi has gone viral.

An image uploaded to Facebook shows the player, Daylen Jones, praying for an injured Richton High School  teammate.

Cathy Smith Green posted the photo to Facebook with the following caption:

Richton High School is a small school in MS. Total K-12, we have perhaps 450 students, and everyone knows everyone…well. I snapped this picture of Daylen Jones, not just “taking a knee” for his injured teammate, but praying. In this time where organized prayer is challenged in courts, and schools in fear of lawsuits, cower against atheist demands, it is comforting to know, these kids, who have been brought up right, don’t have to be “lead” in prayer.

Green’s post has been shared more than 5,000 times on social media and has garnered more than 150 likes.

According to WDAM Jones is a sophomore at the high school. Green told the station the teammate, whom the station did not identify, collapsed during the game but is expected to be OK.

Green’s Facebook profile says she is nurse at Forrest General Home Care and Hospice in Hattiesburg, Miss.

Richton is a small town of about 1,000 people roughly 23 miles from Hattiesburg.


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