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Viral video: HS football team teaches protesting NFL players a thing or two about respecting US flag

Players from the Sherman E. Burroughs High School football team in Ridgecrest, California, walked onto the field before Friday night's homecoming game carrying American flags. All the players stood for the national anthem. (Image source: Facebook video screenshot)

The differences between a high school football field in the middle of the southern California desert and a big-city NFL stadium are as profound and numerous as you can imagine.

But for the Sherman E. Burroughs High School football team in Ridgecrest — a military town about 100 miles east of Bakersfield, as the crow flies — none of those differences matter much.

Except one.

Amid the controversial trend of NFL players taking a knee in protest during the national anthem, the Burros players expressed a vastly different sentiment before Friday night's homecoming game.

As "God Bless the USA" played over the loudspeakers, each player walked onto the field carrying an American flag — to the cheers of those gathered in the stands.

Then they stood in a line as the national anthem played. Quite a different view than knees on the turf or raised fists.

Image source: Facebook video screenshot

After the playing of "The Star-Spangled Banner," a pair of F-18s from a local squadron flew over the field, which the crowd loved as well.

The clip has garnered over 3 million views since it was posted Friday night on Facebook.

Justin Smith, a member of the U.S. military, was among the pleased commenters.

"Just watched this video from Iraq a few minutes ago and I couldn’t be more proud of y’all," Smith wrote. "Great job boys, way to stand up for your country and show your appreciation for being an American. It makes it a lot easier for us overseas knowing we have support from guys like you. Shoutout to your head coach and coaching staff as well. I tip my cap to the parents, family and friends of these players. Makes me proud to call Ridgecrest home. Way to go guys."

Burroughs defeated Oak Hills, 20-17.

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