Arab High School players help the community on and off the field

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ARAB, Ala. – High school football teams are making preparations for the upcoming fall season, but it’s not all about weights, helmets and huddles. It’s important to bond as a team and Arab High School is helping the community in the process.

The Knights have a team camp every year, and sometimes they go out of town, but this year they stayed in Arab. Coach Adam Gilbert had his players do different activities — some related to football and some not.  People in Arab spotted the team cleaning up trash along Highway 231 and on Main Street downtown.

“It’s just as important to come together as a team, this builds camaraderie,” said Coach Gilbert.

The photos included show some of the players picking up trash along Highway 231.  We don’t have a picture of a special moment people in Arab spotted, though, and have been talking about on social media for the past several days.  They told us the players stopped their work and bowed their heads as a funeral procession drove by.

Coach Gilbert said this didn’t surprise him one bit.  He said his players learn about more than football, and that’s the point.

“We realize in Alabama football is a big deal, and others are going to be looking up at them. We want them to set positive examples,” Gilbert said.

Arab’s first game of the 2016 season is August 19 at 7 p.m. The Knights host the Grissom Tigers.

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