Wearing a Servite football uniform comes with a great deal of pride. The jersey represents deep tradition and a team-first mentality shared by the players before them. One jersey in particular carries a special tribute to a past player's legacy. That Honored Jersey is the #78, worn in memory of Kevin Stephenson '73, a true leader respected by all those he played with because of his dedication to Servite and his brothers.
In tribute to Stephenson's quiet leadership, unyielding strength and loyal friendship, the Class of 1973 established the 'Kevin Stephenson Football Endowment Fund' in 2003. His #78 is now given to the player that best exemplifies Stephenson's leadership and character.
President of the Servite Alumni Association, Kelly Boulger '73 and the Voice of the Friars, Tim Brundige Sr. '73 joined the Friars after practice on July 11th to share the story of their dear friend and teammate and to present this year's jersey.
For the 2017 season, Parker Thomas was selected by the coaching staff to wear the honored jersey because of the fire and drive he brings to the game.
"Parker has stepped up and had a tremendous off season," Head Coach Scott Meyer said. "The work ethic and passion he brings to practice everyday has been impressive. We are expecting him to have a great senior season and are excited to see him play."
Parker comes from a Servite football family, following in the footsteps of his father Kevin '83 and brother Austin '15.
Stephenson was a Captain for the Friar Class of 1973, earning All-CIF, All-County, All-League honors, and was named 1973 Athlete of the Year. He was a member of the first Curia. His senior season was highlighted by a 12-0 victory over rival Mater Dei, the first in eight years, and a return to the CIF playoffs. Kevin and his teammates are credited with returning a tradition of excellence to Servite Football and reclaiming the school's prominence in Southern California high school sports. Stephenson passed away in 2004 after a long battle with cancer.