Boston College will emerge under the lights Saturday at Alumni Stadium looking a little different before it takes on USC.
The Eagles will be wearing helmets, gloves and cleats emblazoned with a red bandanna, in honor of lacrosse alumnus Welles Crowther, who died in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks after saving several people from the South Tower of the World Trade Center.
Crowther was an equities trader who had dreams of joining the fire department of New York. His father had given him a red bandanna when he was younger, and he carried it with him wherever he went. Crowther ended up becoming every bit the hero as those FDNY members who gave their lives 13 years ago, leading people to safety amid the horror of that tragic day. "Outside the Lines" has documented his incredible story, which you can watch in the video above.
The Eagles' equipment staff tweeted out pictures of the gear Wednesday afternoon. The design is great. More important, the gesture is tremendous, and one we hope to see the program carry on each year in the home game closest to this tragic anniversary.
The school already has a Red Bandanna 5K run every October in his honor. Pat McCavanagh, Crowther's former teammate and the current BC men's lacrosse coach, hands Crowther's No. 19 jersey out each year to the player who best exemplifies the fallen hero's traits.
Kudos to BC for keeping Crowther's memory going, and for sharing his story with a prime-time, national television audience this weekend.