You've heard of football players pulling double duty, playing on offense and defense. How about triple-duty?
Four Peoria High players joined a dozen of their classmates in the mixed ensemble Friday night to lead the Peoria Stadium crowd in the singing of the national anthem before their game with Richwoods: Victor Solomon, Miguel Santiago, Allen Greene and Jaleen James.
"I'm not usually in favor of guys participating in something like that before a game," PHS coach Tim Thornton said. "But Victor is a Renaissance guy, and I know it was important to him." And of course, once you say "yes" to one, how can you rule out the others?
Solomon, a linebacker who can fill in as a running back if needed, said he assured Thornton he could handle the pregame duties without losing focus. "I'm pretty good at flipping the switch and being focused on the game when it's really needed," he said.
A 5-foot-11, 202-pound senior, Solomon sings in his church choir and also goes solo. His favorite genre? He'd love to make a career of singing gospel music.
"It motivates me to trust God, to know I can do anything," Solomon said. "It reminds me what God has done for me."