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Former Richland Springs star Tyler Ethridge involved in storming of U.S. Capitol

Paul Harris
San Angelo Standard-Times
Tyler Ethridge

Tyler Ethridge, widely regarded as the greatest six-man football player ever, was involved in the storming of the U.S. Capitol building in Washington, D.C. on Jan. 6, 2021.

Ethridge posted a video to the social media site Parler of him speaking while inside the building during the riot.

"I don't want to say what we're doing is right," Ethridge said in the video, while repeatedly coughing, which he said was due to pepper spray. "But if the election is stolen, what's it going to take."

In another video from inside the building, he says, "Just to let you know, I'm not involved in this. I'm just observing. This is insane."

There was no evidence or accusations presented Wednesday indicating he was involved in any of the violent actions that took place that day.

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On Jan. 18, Ethridge posted on Twitter that he had reached out to authorities.

"I don't have a lawyer. I unlawfully entered the Capitol (even though I was let in). That's against the Law, so I turned myself in," his post stated.

Ethridge set the national record for touchdown passes (230) during his career at Richland Springs High School, about 35 miles south of Brownwood. He also holds the Texas state six-man record for passing yards (10,681).

Richland Springs' Tyler Ethridge rushed for 4,536 yards in his career, but he's best known for throwing more touchdown passes (230) than anyone in the history of high school football, though the record isn't officially recognized since it didn't occur in 11-man. He guided the Coyotes to a 56-1 record and three state titles during his career.

He graduated from Richland Springs in 2008 before attending several colleges, including Howard College in San Angelo. 

He graduated from Charis Bible College in Colorado in 2017 and returned to Texas in 2019 to help his father, who had taken a job as an assistant coach in the Hill Country town of Leakey.

According to reports after the Capitol riot, Ethridge had recently been serving as a youth pastor in Tampa, Florida.

Tyler Ethridge poses outside the Richland Springs field house before the 2006 season.

"I'm probably going to lose my job as a pastor over this," Ethridge said in the Parler video. "If this makes me lose my reputation, I don't care. I don't care about my reputation. I care about my nation. I care about it for my daughter and my child. That's what I care about. It's more than just talking. It is doing. There comes a point where you have to do."

The storming of the Capitol occurred after a rally led by then-US President Donald Trump. He and his supporters were disputing the results of the 2020 election.

Five people, including Capitol police officer Brian Sicknick, died during the riot, while dozens more were injured.