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Eagles have heavy hearts as well: In memory of Jerad Barber
UPDATE (1:20) I called Lake Stevens Athletic Director Ed Bailey to suggest adding Jerad's name to the moment of silence prior to kick off, but Ed said that the Arlington Athletic Director had requested that we NOT mention Barber. Apparently they wish to do that at their own field? Either way, Arlington fans, please know that Viking fans will be thinking of Jerad as well regardless of whether he is mentioned.
It's almost beyond belief, the scope of the tragedy, if you dwell on it for too long, but thank God there is a football game to played that could serve as a cathartic experience for players and fans alike.
Viking followers may not be aware that the Eagles are dealing with a loss in their family as well: two-time All Wesco WR Jerad Barber (Class of 2008) passed away unexpectedly last week. This is the first time back on the field for Arlington since the tragedy.
Brad McPherson, former Eagle running back and brother of multi-talented junior QB Blake McPherson was good enough to stop by the blog earlier this week. Here's what he said:
Friday night's game will be special in many ways. This week both communities of Arlington and Lake Stevens lost former athletes who were great people. Arlington lost Jerad Barber who was a former football star (class of 2008) and lake stevens lost tyler reside (class of 2010) who was also a former star in his respective sports. These are sad times and sometimes football is good because it gives people an outlet.
I scoured the Internet for a photo of Jerad but was unable to find one. Somebody in Arlington needs to get on it and start a damn blog :) Seriously, if someone could email (firstname.lastname@example.org) me a photo that would be great. You can also text it to me at 425.239.0638. I'd like to post a photo of Jerad before the game.
Viking fans, please be inclusive of the Eagle supporters as we remember Tyler tonight.