(From our news partner, KWQC-TV 6) Bryant “BJ” Luxmore played QB/CB for the football team and played on the baseball team as well. Following his graduation from college in 2009, Luxmore enlisted in the military. Then at the age of 25, tragedy struck. Corporal Luxmore was tragically killed in action in 2012 while in Afghanistan.
Before Saturday’s game between Sherrard and Erie-Prophetstown, Sherrard announced that BJ’s #5 jersey would be retired.
“We were pleasantly surprised, we thought it was heartwarming when we went out on the field with his corporal stripes and his football number was out there and we had no idea that they would retire his number,” Brenda said.
“The Luxmore name is again, one of those that’s just forever embedded at Sherrard,” Activities Director Michael Applegate said, “Just seeing that they were kind of overwhelmed by the words and also the act and what he did for all of us was the truly special thing.”
“He (BJ) enlisted after 9/11 and I know a lot of people joined because of 9/11 because they wanted to serve and protect our country,” Ericson said, ”I think that’s really important to serve and protect our country and hopefully we can protect it enough to not let anything like that happen again.”