Minnesota Vikings star honours Dhesi brothers

Minnesota Vikings player Matt Kalil will pay tribute to Jay and Rik Dhesi by wearing a black armband in a Play-off match.
Minnesota Vikings player Matt Kalil will pay tribute to Jay and Rik Dhesi by wearing a black armband in a Play-off match.
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NFL star Matt Kalil, of the Minnesota Vikings, paid tribute to two brothers who died in a car crash on the A6 on Sunday, December 30.

Balrik Singh Dhesi, 30, known as Rik, and Jatinder Singh Dhesi, 23, known as Jay, both of Whitworth Way, Irthlingborough died after colliding with another car.

Matt Kalil armband

Matt Kalil armband

Jay was a huge American Football fan and was a star player for the Peterborough Saxons and also coached for Northampton University team Northampton Nemesis.

Tributes have flooded in for the pair and there has been a huge swell of support from the American Football community, with a number of clubs throughout the country posting messages on social networking sites Facebook and Twitter.

Jay was a big fan of NFL team Minnesota Vikings, who played in the play-offs of the NFL championship on Saturday night.

One of his friends approached Matt Kalil on Twitter to ask if he could wear an armband in remembrance of Jay and Rik Dhesi.

Huxlow Science College, Irthlingborough, flies their flag at half-mast as a mark of respect to the brothers, and former pupils, killed in a collision on the A6.

Huxlow Science College, Irthlingborough, flies their flag at half-mast as a mark of respect to the brothers, and former pupils, killed in a collision on the A6.

The player, who is one of the biggest stars of the NFL, agreed and wore an armband in the Vikings’ play-off match against the Green Bay Packers.

Meanwhile, Huxlow Science College, in Irthlingborough, flew its flag at half mast on Friday in rememberance of the brothers. Jay and Rik both attended the school when younger.

The brothers died in a head-on collision on the A6 bypass near Burton Latimer at about 11.45am on Sunday, December 30. The accident happened about half a mile north of the Higham Road junction with the A6.

Rik was driving a blue Vauxhall Tigra, travelling towards Kettering, which for reasons yet unknown was in collision with a grey Fiat Punto, being driven by a 27-year-old woman travelling in the opposite direction.

The woman driving the Punto and her female passenger both received minor injuries.

Officers would like to speak to anyone who may have witnessed the accident or has any information about it.

Anyone with information or who witnessed it is asked to call the Drivewatch Hotline on 0800 174615.