Bartlesville High School quarterback honors brother in Iraq


Thursday, October 21st 2004, 10:29 am
By: News On 6


A Bartlesville High School football player shows support for soldiers in Iraq.

High school football is his chance to shine, but Jason Aubrey wants to put the spotlight on the real heroes. News on 6 reporter Ashli Sims says sometimes a player's will can be the difference between a win and a loss.

When Jason Aubrey needs to dig a little deeper, all he has to do is look down at his wrist. “I just tape my wrist up and put those two verses on there and my brothers names." His big brothers, James and William, are both in the Army. One just got home from Iraq; the other is on his way. And when Jason walks onto the field, it's their strength and sacrifice that’s on his mind. “I gotta give my brothers some credit for going over and fighting in Iraq and sacrificing themselves to protect this country."

It's a small gesture, but it meant a lot to his big brother. James Aubrey: “I didn't even know he was going to do it.” James Aubrey just got home from Iraq a few weeks ago. He missed last season, so he's happy to be able to cheer his little brother on from the stands. “He said he looked up to my work ethic, in that way."

Jason says his brother's service really puts the game he loves into perspective. “I mean football is a great game but its nothing like having bullets shot over your head and grenades exploding next to you at all."

And he's happy to get out there and make his big brother proud.

Jason Aubrey's prayers were answered when his oldest brother, James came back home safely. But with his middle brother heading to Iraq in a few months, he's going to keep taping his wrist and praying.