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The Story Behind River Ridge’s Yellow Socks

Posted Aug 30, 2012 by Bart O'Connell

Updated Aug 30, 2012 at 01:25 PM

NEW PORT RICHEY - Many observers were caught off guard by River Ridge’s football uniform during last week’s kickoff classic against Gulf.

The normally royal purple, black and white uniforms on Friday for the first time featured yellow socks.

The socks were a tribute to Tammy Green, the mother of Royal Knights senior runningback and defensive end Tyler Green, who passed away on August 15 after a long battle with cancer. She was 38 years old.

“It’s been really tough on Tyler and the rest of the River Ridge family, so we wanted to honor her,” Coach Ryan Benjamin said.

Benjamin said the socks will not be worn again this season, but that the team plans to honor her memory in another way for the rest of the year.

Green, who wears No. 44 for the Royal Knights, is back with the team after a brief bereavement leave, and is expected to be a major contributor this season.

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