Butte High football players plan to honor former teammate
BUTTE, Mont. - A Butte High football player plans to honor his friend and former teammate this Friday. Bo Taylor, a former Butte High School Bulldogs football player, died last week in a construction accident in Idaho. Taylor and another construction worker were overcome by toxic fumes and died while working in a sewer system in Bear Lake County. Butte's football team practices for Friday's big game against Helena Capital, but the loss of a friend and former teammate is on one senior's mind in particular. "He's just a kid who would always light up the room with stupid remarks, funny remarks, he'd always find a way to make people laugh," said Dalton Daum. Daum said he and Taylor knew each other when they were younger but their friendship really grew on the football and track fields. "He was a warrior; Coach told him to play a position and he'd play it no matter what. He was one of the hardest working kids on our team," said Daum. Daum showed us Taylor's old high school football jersey, No. 35. It's the same number he plans to wear at Friday's football game. "I have to go out there and play my heart out for him," said Daum. "He'd love it, so I'm pretty excited." Daum won't be the only one honoring Taylor. "Each week, whoever plays like Bo did, who plays with passion, who plays with energy, and emotion and everything, the guy that most replicates what Bo was like will be the guy that wears the jersey that week," said head football coach Arie Grey. For Grey, it's about bringing the team together to make sure Taylor is not forgotten. "Always had a smile on his face, always was excited to be out there." said Grey. "Just great energy, just the ultimate team player, just a tremendous young man and he's definitely going to be missed." And Grey said when this season is over, the team plans to retire the No. 35 jersey. "We'll put it in the coaches' office with a memorial with Bo on there," said Grey. "And basically what we'll do is while I'm here, no one will wear number 35." But until then, Grey said Daum deserves to be the first to wear the jersey after playing as tough as his friend last week. "For him to get the opportunity, there's no doubt in my mind that Dalton will go out there and make Bo proud," said Grey. "I'm sure he'll be right down there on the field with me," said Daum. Funeral services will be on Thursday in Blackfoot, Idaho.