Tallahassee, FL - Tradition is big in the Lincoln football family. People are usually surprised when they hear about the talented Trojans alumni.
On Friday afternoon, in front of the Trojan statue, the tradition continued. Three Lincoln players were nominated for the U.S. Army All-American game.
"There's only a total of 90 kids out of the nation that's actually gonna get recognized and selected to play in that All-American Bowl," said Sgt. Darron Pittman, who conducted the ceremony.
Reggie Davis, Taj Williams and James Hearns, best friends since childhood, weren't selected just yet, but they followed in past player's footsteps. Former Trojan Buck Allen inspired them.
"I was like man, that looks fun. So, I kind of want to be there and I ended up here in the end," said Hearns, a rising senior lineman and a Florida Gators commit.
To put their nominations into perspective, only 400 players nationwide are nominated for this game. To have three from one school is almost unheard of around the country.
"It's very big. We've been boys ever since ninth grade and we never thought we'd see this day," said Davis, a rising senior running back, "but Got works in mysterious ways."
"We joked around, played around all the time," said Williams, a rising senior wide receiver. "We never thought this day would come."
"They've seen people do it from here, so they see it's a reality that they can accomplish it," Lincoln Head Coach Yusuf Shakir said. "They just stick with the plan and do it the Lincoln way."
In a few months, they'll find out if the Lincoln way will be part of the U.S. Army All-American way.