K’Rojhn Calbert is easy to spot on a football field.
At 6-foot-5 and 331 pounds, Calbert can make his presence felt as a hulking offensive lineman for the Tennessee Vols.
Calbert can also make an impact off the field. He was one of the speakers Friday during a Black Lives Matter rally at Market Square in Knoxville.
“What it’s about today is people being people,” said Calbert, a former star for the Warren County High School Pioneers. “Notice I didn’t say black or white – I said people.”
Calbert continued, “People are being oppressed. Today it’s about blacks but everywhere people are being oppressed. We are put on this earth to help everybody. We are supposed to love one another … love one another,” he said as the crowd erupted in cheers.
Calbert compared life to football practice and said on the field Vol coach Jeremy Pruitt always stresses doing the little things right. He said people around the world need to focus on treating others fairly, which will produce great overall results.
“We will protest peacefully. We will do it the correct way,” said Calbert. “Until we get the small things correct, the big things like these will keep going on. I will keep using my voice, my platform, to bring up these things that matter.”
Calbert is expected to be a key contributor this year on the Tennessee offensive line.