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Boston College to Wear Special Red Bandana Uniforms to Honor 9/11 Hero

The Eagles will wear something special against USC on Saturday.

Jared Wickerham

Every year when September 11 rolls around, many people think back to 2001 when the United States was attacked in New York City and Washington D.C.

For those who lost a friend/family member/significant other in the World Trade Center towers or at the Pentagon, it is an especially difficult day. That is the case for Alison Crowther:

Every year, as the anniversary approaches, Alison Crowther feels the anxiety rise. "I just started to get that overwhelming feeling," she told me Monday.

Alison Crowther's son, Welles, was found six months after the towers collapsed. But Welles went down fighting. The "Man in the Red Bandanna" as he would become known, helped lead several people to safety before finally being consumed by the collapsing building.

If you don't know the story of Welles Crowther, I highly recommend you grab the box of tissues and watch ESPN's "The Man in the Red Bandana" piece done for the 10-year anniversary:

Welles was a Boston College lacrosse player and every year the school honors Welles Crowther's life in various ways.

This weekend, the BC football team will honor Welles Crowther's memory with special uniforms that will feature his trademark red bandana in some fashion:

BC is playing Southern Cal in football at The Heights Saturday night. The bookies aren’t giving BC much of a chance: they’re 20-point underdogs. But every BC player will be wearing helmets and uniforms emblazoned with a red bandanna when they play USC.


Via BC Interrupted and The Heights: