A gunny’s reaction to a college football player has earned him an interesting fan appreciation: He was made into a funny GIF that’s making its rounds on the Internet.
Gunnery Sgt. Stephen Roberts is the Assistant Marine Officer Instructor for the NROTC program at Ole Miss, SB Nation reported. He oversees the color guard at each Rebels home game, so he was on the field in the second quarter of the Sept. 16 Ole Miss game against Texas. That’s when ESPN cameras caught an interesting moment.
Longhorns receiver Marquise Goodwin made a 69-yard touchdown run to put Texas up 17-7 — and came face-to-face with Roberts. And then this happened:
Some were speculating that Goodwin tried to salute the gunny, a no-no he wouldn’t have accepted. But Roberts told SB Nation that Goodwin tried to do something far more foolish.
“As he ran toward me, I could see him start to make the ‘shhhhh’ motion holding his hand up,” Roberts told SB Nation. “I knew behind me was the Texas fan section, and he was staring straight ahead. So I’m thinking, ‘Well, I know he’s not ‘shhhh-ing’ his own people.’ ”
Roberts’ response would make drill instructors everywhere proud, yelling with his hands on his hips, head bobbling. And it looks like Goodwin was caught off guard as he looks from side-to-side and then just runs away. Viewers thought the exchange was too good not to be shared, turning it into a GIF — a type of short animation that is making an Internet comeback.
Roberts said by the end of the game his phone was dead from calls and texts, and the image was all over his Facebook wall. The message Roberts wanted to send: Never shush a Marine.
“It was, ‘Hey, don’t hush me, because Marines, well … we don’t like to be hushed,’ ” he told SB Nation with a laugh.
Despite the gunny’s enthusiasm, Ole Miss lost to Texas 66-31.