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Football: Heartwarming gesture by Keary Colbert

December 16, 2009 |  2:51 pm

Keary Colbert has no formal ties to Crenshaw, but he will long be remembered for the gesture he made today when he donated an unspecified sum to help ensure that every Cougars player could provide two tickets to friends and family members.

There had been concern that some players' family members were not going to afford to attend Crenshaw's state championship bowl game against Concord De La Salle on Saturday night at the Home Depot Center. The CIF does not provide players with complimentary tickets.

Colbert, the star wide receiver at Oxnard Hueneme and USC who went on to play for four NFL teams, said he read about the need for financial assistance online through a post by Trojans radio brodcaster Pete Arbogast. Colbert stopped by the Crenshaw campus this afternoon and met players and Coach Robert Garrett, who took his hat off and bowed to Colbert when informed that he had provided help to pay for tickets.

Crenshaw assistant principal Luther Waters said he has received calls from across the country offering to help pay for tickets, including from parents of De La Salle players who were willing to sponsor their counterparts. Now the school is going to be able to provide tickets for students who otherwise couldn't afford to attend the game.

--Ben Bolch

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