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Western Michigan to honor Cincinnati football players with helmet tribute


Tragedy struck the Cincinnati football program last weekend when a car accident killed offensive lineman Ben Flick and injured wide receivers, Mark Barr and Javon Harrison. Cincinnati is off this weekend but there will be a tribute to pay tribute to Flick and the injured players on the football field this weekend. Western Michigan will wear a Cincinnati logo on their helmets, below the standard bronco logo.

A quick rendition of the design was sent out via email and on Twitter by University of Cincinnati president Santa Ono.

The helmet tribute is obviously a very classy move, especially since there is little if anything connecting the two schools located 309 miles apart and competing in different conferences. The two football programs have only faced each other three times dating back to 1947, according to None of the three players involved in the accident are from the state of Michigan either. Flick and Harrison are Ohio natives and Barr is from Florida.

So what was it that led Western Michigan to pay such a tribute for a school with virtually no connections to Cincinnati? It all stems back to the whole “Row the Boat” mentality instituted by new head coach P.J. Fleck. Fleck offered this brief statement through an email exchange Thursday evening;

“Simply, it’s the right thing to do. Losing a child is a haunting and unthinkable aspect of life. The Row the Boat belief we have in this program is a lifestyle and a way of life to help others through adversity. We want Coach [Tommy] Tuberville, the families involved and all of Bearcat Nation to know we are rowing for them.”

Photo credit: Western Michigan Athletics

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5 Responses to “Western Michigan to honor Cincinnati football players with helmet tribute”
  1. thegamecocker says: Sep 26, 2013 8:03 PM

    Very classy by Coach Tuberville and the Cincy Bearcats. A nice way to recognize the importance of life and the tragic passing of the player and driver of the vehicle.

  2. Brian Basher says: Sep 26, 2013 8:33 PM

    Actually it is a very classy move on the part of Western Michigan and Coach Fleck since they are the ones paying tribute to the Cincinnati players

  3. vincentbojackson says: Sep 26, 2013 11:26 PM

    Classy move by the Broncos. Even more so since there is no real connection between the schools.

  4. fievel03 says: Sep 27, 2013 1:59 PM

    It would have been really easy to do nothing, or at the very least offer a moment of silence. This act is exceptional. Hopefully the students (WMU) remember this selfless display of class and learn from it as an example of how to be in life.

  5. doctorrustbelt says: Sep 27, 2013 3:56 PM

    Class act.

    Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Michigan understand.

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