The MSU Mustangs took the field on Monday for practice as usual, but there’s a notable absence today, number 24, Robert Grays.
Defensive Back coach, Freddie Banks, said, “Saturday you thought that…Rob is one of the tougher guys, so if he’s down, you know he’s probably hurt. You were hoping for, you know, a shoulder injury or the normal stuff that you see.”
Robert, or Rob to his MSU family, suffered a serious neck injury in the last three minutes of Saturday night’s football game against Texas A&M Kingsville.
Teammate and friend, Sir’vell Ford, added, “Man, it’s tough man. I woke up this morning and it just didn’t feel right. Because I see him, at the start of the day, and I see him every day when we go to treatment and it’s just hard because he brought so much to the team. There’s no other way I can explain it, no expressions I can to show you, you’re just going to have to take my word for it.”
Friends, fans, classmates, and teammates of Robert gathered at Sunwatcher Plaza to send well wishes to him and his family.
Those at MSU say Robert is a bright athlete who loves his teammates.
Ford continued by saying, “I don’t know what it is, he brings something out of me, every time. He brings that fire that everybody looks for, he makes you want to be competitive in everything you do and that’s the memory that I remember the most out of..and it’s a lot that we have too.”
Banks also said, “The smallest guy on the field but the toughest guy, which he liked it. He was starting for us, he started as a true freshman for us last year, which is rare in the secondary. Really disciplined, really tough and he really didn’t make mistakes.”
As he undergoes treatment in Houston, his team says he is greatly missed.
Banks told us, “The seats that he sits in every day, up against the wall, nobody sat in it, so you see that space right there, you get a little bit emotional.”
Ford finished by saying, “We use it as motivation, because I know now since he’s not here, we got to fill in. We got to fill in, me, the team, us as a whole, got to be a whole different playroom, when we step out there now. Don’t do it just for us anymore, we do it for him.”
The team plans to not only play hard but pray hard, for number 24, a member of the Mustang family.
Roberts remains in critical condition in Houston, which is also his hometown.
We’ll keep you updated when more information becomes available, and we send all our prayers for Robert and his family in Houston.