WICHITA FALLS, TX (KAUZ) - The family of Robert Grays attended an MSU football game for the first time since their son passed and they were celebrated during an emotional half-time ceremony honoring the MSU football player.
Grays, 19, was seriously injured less than two months ago and later died.
The sophomore's jersey was officially retired during Saturday's football game at Memorial Stadium.
"That's the epitome of honor and grace for what the young man has done for Midwestern State," MSU Interim Director of Athletics Kyle Williams said.
"We see his number and it just lets us know, although he's up there looking down on us, he's still a part of everything going on," Robert Grays, the sophomore's father said.
Players held up Grays' jersey as they celebrated their win and fans filled the seats with their "24 Strong" shirts.
"We felt his spirit throughout the entire game and we're just blessed to still be a part of the MSU family," Tammy Grays said.
They said their son had a passion for football which was something thousands of Mustangs witnessed every game Grays played.
"He was hard-working, focused, determined and had a big heart," Tammy said.
The ceremony started with a locker plaque that honored Grays for his grit. The idea for the plaque came from former MSU football players.
The alumni asked the community to help donate $1,000 to create the plaque. The Mustang community went above and beyond the call. They donated $13,000 and the remaining $12,000 went directly to the Grays family.
"That's what we do," former MSU player Billy Hughes said. "Whether it's small things through the season or it's big things like this. we surround ourselves with our teammates. We build each other up and conquer things together."
"Texoma love is just like family love," Robert said. "There's not a day that goes by that we don't receive something from someone."
It is still unclear where the jersey is going to be put up right now. Williams said he wants it where everyone can see it and remember Grays.