The Warrior Beat

Band of brothers

October 22nd, 2013

This week — and for the rest of the season — the Rainbow Warriors will be wearing a green "Play Hard" wrist band.

The players wore a similar band last year. The re-issue is symbolic of each players' renewed pledge to the team.

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It all begins up front. Fittingly, this week's co-captains are defensive end Beau Yap and offensive guard Kody Afusia.

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The "Pit" is the sideline area where injured players work out during practices. Some of the drills — pulling golf carts or weighted sleds — are more physically demanding than the actual practices. This season, receiver Allen Sampson has spent every practice in the Pit. After recovering from two ACL surgeries, he has been sidelined this year because of a torn hamstring. It is a painful reminder that football is a sport with health risks.

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