The Boston College Eagles will be sporting red bandana-inspired uniforms when they play the Clemson Tigers under the lights Friday night to honor fallen graduate and 9/11 hero Welles Crowther.
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Crowther, who became known nationally after he saved at least a dozen people before ultimately dying in the South Tower collapse of the World Trade Center at the age of 24 , was a BC alumnus who played on the school’s lacrosse team. He was known for sporting a red bandana under his helmet each practice and game, the same type of bandana he wore over his face to protect himself from smoke as he guided others to safety during the September, 11, 2001 attack. Survivors remembered his bandana when they told stories about a stranger who repeatedly rushed back into the building to save people who needed help.
The Eagles players will honor Crowther’s brave actions— a tradition that is three years old—for the ESPN game. The game, which is on the college’s Service Day, is to celebrate “many groups and individuals from the BC community who epitomize the University’s mission of ‘Men and Women for Others,'” BC said in a statement.
Players will have a similar ensemble to what they wore last year against Florida State, and against USC in 2014: shoes, socks, gloves, and helmets with the red bandana pattern and trim. The college’s athletic department will also give out thousands of red bandanas at each gate entrance of the stadium.
The Welles Crowther Trust and BC will also hold a brief ceremony prior to the game present their second Red Bandana Hero Award to Chris Baity, the founder and executive director of Semper K9 Assistance Dogs.
“It is a great honor to present the Red Bandana Hero Award to Chris for his remarkable work with Semper K9 and our Armed Forces,” Kevin Bennett, general manager of American Heroes Channel, said in a statement. “Chris is a true champion for the veteran community, selflessly giving his time, energy, and military dog training skills to helping service members and their families thrive in the civilian world.”
Crowther’s parents are expected to be in attendance again this year, according to the college.