Former 5-Star Recruit and Texas DB DeMarvion Overshown Sitting Out Until Positive Change Happens in Austin

DeMarvion Overshown is taking a break from football
DeMarvion Overshown is taking a break from football

Texas safety DeMarvion Overshown isn't going to stand idly by and hope that change comes to Austin. He's showing that he values equality and freedom for Black Americans more than anything he'll do in a football field.

Inspired by Minnesota Lynx star Maya Moore, who sat out the 2019 WNBA season to help overturn a 50-year prison sentence handed down to Jonathan Irons after he served 22 years of that 50, Overshown is not going to play for the Longhorns until "real action is taken and changes are made."

Overshown has the potential to be a major difference maker for the Longhorns, as the 6-4 safety recorded 18 tackles and picked off one pass during his first stint of extended action in 2019.

The players are fighting for UT to rename several buildings on campus, as well as a part of DKR-Memorial Stadium. Players have suggested naming the newly-minted part of the stadium after Julius Whittier, the school's first Black football player.

Other demands include donating 0.5 percent of earnings to Black organizations and businesses as well as a permanent Black athletic history exhibit.

Overshown's decision might not please everyone, but a young man like this standing on principle and willingly giving up his football dream in the name of racial harmony and justice deserves nothing but the utmost praise.