Football star makes a play to raise awareness
SAN ANTONIO - Raul Agosto, 18, wanted to do his part to help victims of Hurricane Maria. Unlike the recent actions of some NFL players, his show of solidarity has received applause instead of criticism.
For two seasons, Raul Agosto has been a leader on the field; so it comes as no surprise the starting quarterback for the South San Bobcats would take the lead yet again.
"It just seemed like a great idea for my family over there," Agosto said. The high school junior has family dealing with devastation back home in Puerto Rico. Flooded out of their home without basic human necessities.
"It hurts, hurts a lot just to know that I can't be there right now to help them."
Having few financial resources of his own, he decided to use his role on the team to raise awareness.
"My first question to him was, 'why?' because I want them to know the reason for what they want to do," said Head Coach Ron Kretz. "And he was able to articulate that very well."
Head coach Ron Kretz gave his blessing but the school principal needed some convincing.
"I went one-on-one to talk to him man-to-man and how I felt," Agosto recounted. After making a plea to do his part Raul got the go ahead.
"Just trying to make my family proud," Agosto said.
During Friday night's game, when the team ran out onto the field, the 18-year old proudly carried the flag of Puerto Rico. It brought the crowd to their feet.
"It felt good. Honestly, it felt great, felt great," Agosto said.
It was an opportunity for some to learn more about the flag others asked what they could do to help with recovery efforts. It was another successful play for Raul Agosto.
"Just by him wearing it seconds onto the field in front of the thousands of fans we had here he made a point, a positive point," Kretz said. "I'm very proud of him. I'm just happy to see what a young man is able to take what he learns in football and apply it to life."
Agosto said, "I mean I didn't know that, but, now that I do it just puts a smile on my face."