Colbert makes classy move

By Richard Greene | Published Saturday, April 14, 2012
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SIGN OF SPORTSMANSHIP - Mineral Wells' Adrian Colbert congratulates Decatur's Jake Anderson after the 400 Thursday at the District 7-3A meet. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

In the fall, Adrian Colbert made the jaws drop of Decatur fans and players with his moves as he found the end zone three times in the first half three different ways.

With University of Texas scouts in attendance, the Mineral Wells triple threat receiver and defensive back scored touchdowns on a long run, long reception and by dashing 88 yards on a kick-off return.

His dynamic performance had him fielding a phone call the next morning from Texas coach Mack Brown and later a scholarship offer.

Thursday, the Rams senior dazzled Decatur athletes again with his quick moves around the track. The defending Class 3A champion won the 7-3A title in the 400, running a 49.58. He dazzled everyone again later in the evening with a 21.47 to take gold in the 200.

But it was Colbert’s surprising final move Thursday at the Mineral Wells track that will serve as a lasting and enduring image of him.

With athletes from the Decatur boys and girls teams huddled near the track awaiting the spoils of their victories, the future Longhorn in his brilliant yellow shoes stepped up in front of the group and got their attention.

With eloquence and sincerity, he began to speak to the Eagles and Lady Eagles.

“I want to thank you for the competition the last two years,” Colbert said.

He told them that helped drive him to be better. He also congratulated them on their victory and for culturing the key ingredient to their win.

“Y’all are a big family,” he said. “That’s what we want to be here.”

With his words, a collective “awe” was uttered from Decatur athletes.

Then with unison they began chanting, “Adrian” and giving him the “Hook’em Horns.”

“This is the first time in my life, I’ve done a ‘Hook’em sign,’ said Taylor Clayton, the son of an Aggie.

After posing for a few pictures with Decatur athletes, Colbert ran back to join his teammates.

In his words, Colbert was right.

The Decatur track team had plenty to be proud of in bringing the 7-3A titles back to Wise County. It wasn’t because they were the fastest and had the best athletes in every event. It’s because they pushed each other to pick up every point as evident with Daniel Smyers’ rally in the final 100 meters of the 800 to pick up a third-place finish and give Decatur a sweep of the medal stand in the event.

It was a move not lost on his teammate Brandon Rivera, who took gold in the race.

“I’m very proud of Travis and Daniel,” Rivera said. “They helped the team out with points.

“Today is about points and winning the district championship.”

And Mineral Wells and Texas can be proud of Colbert, not only for his impressive and quick moves, but first and foremost, for his classy one.

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