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Marshall Players' Helmets To Feature Special Tribute To Plane Crash Victims

Reported by: Send eMail Jeff Morris
Web Producer: Jeff Morris
Reported: Nov. 11, 2013 4:34 PM EST
Updated: Nov. 11, 2013 4:42 PM EST

Herdzone.com Photo
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Huntington , Cabell County , West Virginia

Marshall University players are going on the road against Tulsa for a night game on Thursday, the anniversary of a plane crash that killed 75 players, coaches and staffers.

But they will make sure those who lost there are not forgotten.

Herd players will have the usual “block M” on the right side of their helmets, but the customary “M” on the left side of their helmet will be replaced by a green “75” decal to honor the victims of the crash, according to a story on herdzone.com.

This is first time Marshall has played a football game on the road on the anniversary date since the Nov. 14, 1970, plane crash.

Athletic Director Mike Hamrick said the special tribute on the players’ helmets is “the right thing to do.”

“The nation is certainly familiar with our Marshall story, the tragic crash, the loss of life. It’s a large part of our fabric,” Hamrick said. “We will never forget those 75 players, coaches, staffers and devoted supporters at Marshall, but we wanted to remind as many people everywhere we could of the roots of the emotion and devotion with which our student athletes compete.”

While players will be making the special tribute, an annual tradition will continue earlier in the day back in Huntington. The Memorial Fountain will be turned off for the winter, as is tradition, and the campus will pause for a moment of silence to remember those who perished in the crash.



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