Boston College Football To Bring Back Red Bandana Uniforms for 9/11 20th Anniversary Game

by Matthew Memrick
Boston College Football To Bring Back Red Bandana Uniforms for 911 20th Anniversary Game
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As a tribute to the 20th anniversary of 9-11, Boston College’s football team will bring back its red bandana uniforms this weekend.

The school announced on Wednesday by Twitter that the school would wear the special uniform in this weekend’s game against UMass.

The jerseys were a part of the school’s long-running tradition of honoring Eagle’s alum Welles Crowther. The man saved people but ultimately perished in the terrorist attacks at the World Trade Center in New York City.

According to BC Interruption, there are no photos of the Adidas-styled jersey yet.

The school usually holds its own home game to honor Welles in November as it has in the past, but the website said it would likely hold that Red Bandana game on Nov. 9 against Florida State. The game will be at noon. The jerseys, however, won’t probably be in the game. 

Red Bandana Jersey A Boston College Football Staple

Former BC lacrosse player Welles Crowther sacrificed his life to save others on that fateful day in 2001. Many remembered Crowther by his red bandana that he carried with him.

Boston College head coach Jeff Hafley told The Athletic that the annual tradition game came up when organizers talked about honor’s 20th anniversary. He said that the school tried to figure out a way to honor the tragedy since 9-11 fell on a Saturday this year.

“We talk about 9/11 a lot around here because of Welles and because we have a whole game that we dedicate to honor him and all of the men and women who lost their lives that day,” Hafley said. “If we’re playing a game on 9/11, how can we not wear the jerseys?”

Hafley went on to say the decision was the right thing to do.

“It’s what we should do. It’s what we’re going to do. So, we said, why can’t we wear them twice?”

Other Boston College Football Connections To 9-11

The website said that half of this year’s roster had not been born yet. Also, two were born on that day.

Hafley already knows college football’s importance to the nation at that time. Sporting events were postponed and then gradually brought back. The nation mourned while sports served as an outlet for many.

The coach also said the school shows videos to express the importance of the day and other actions.

“Here, we talk about it,” Hafley said. “We have dedicated days in the offseason in strength training that we dedicate to the Red Bandanna game.”

Others To Honor 9-11

Many schools plan to honor the anniversary this Saturday.

According to Sports Illustrated, Northwestern University’s football team will honor the 20th anniversary this Saturday.

In past games, the school has put American flag logos on its helmets or put flag logos on the field. This year, coach Pat Fitzgerald says the school will plan more direct tribute to the first responders and other 9-11 heroes.