It was an emotional start to the football season for South High School in Minneapolis.

It was an emotional start to the football season for South High School in Minneapolis.

The team paid tribute to number 17— wide receiver Sha-Kym (shah-KIM') Adams who drowned in Lake Nokomis just a few short weeks ago.

The 15-year-old was entering his sophomore at South High and was swimming with teammates after football practice. Those teammates tried to save Adams who went underwater while swimming to a dock.

Wednesday night, his family was called to the football field where parents Sharrod Rowe and Kimberly Adams were presented with Sha-Kym's jersey and a letterman's jacket inscribed with his name.

KMSP-TV says the opposing team also offered its support. Eden Prairie cheerleaders had roses for Sha-Kym's family. Before the kickoff, fans, teammates and family observed a moment of silence in remembrance of the teen.