Gerry Bertier was one of the most racial-abusive people on the football team. He believed that the whites were the dominant race, but Gerry is one of the prime examples of the 1980s who were racist even after the great Martin Luther King, and the abolishment of slavery, nearly a century ago. However this is about him and not other historic times before him.
Bertier's parents divorced early in his childhood (around age 7) and he was raised primarily by his mother, until she remarried to Robert Agnew. As a child and young man, Bertier was described as an amiable, goal-oriented individual. Growing up, Bertier frequently discussed his lifetime goal of winning a gold medal in the Olympics, and as an active participant in various athletics, seemed to be on track for this goal.
Bertier began his high school career at Hammond High School and joined the football team. He became a key player, soon becoming the backbone of the defence. As a sophomore, he was starting line-backer, a position for which he won many honours. However, he was only able to play three seasons, when Hammond H.S. was merged with two other Alexandria high schools to form T.C. Williams High School. The consolidation meant there were many new faces on the football team as well as on the coaching staff, which caused racial tension between team members. This new mixture of Titans was forced to come together as a single successful team, dealing with the issue of racial prejudice, a difficult battle for many members of the team. As a captain, Bertier, along with friend and teammate defensive end Julius Campbell, supported their teammates through this time of struggle. Even though the team was still struggling with prejudice as the season opener rolled around, the strife was not evident in the way the T.C. Titans began the 1971 season. The Titans went 13-0, including nine shut outs, and went on to win the Virginia State Championship during the Titans' undefeated