Thank you to ESPN’s Matt Fortuna for highlighting this touching gesture by Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney:
Tonight is the Red Bandana game in honor of 9/11 hero & BC grad Welles Crowther. Coach Swinney took a moment in pregame to meet his parents. pic.twitter.com/GIbqw0wRW0— Clemson Football (@ClemsonFB) October 7, 2016
Swinney met with Welles Crowther’s parents before the game to present them with a signed Clemson helmet.
Fortuna reported that Swinney had his team watch the full 15 minute “Man in the Red Bandana” video, the famous ESPN spotlight that brought international acclaim to Crowther’s heroism on September 11.
Last night’s game was designated as “red bandana night,” in honor of Crowther’s selfless actions on September 11 and his trademark red bandana.
Swinney’s gesture to the Crowther family is a great example of sports bringing people together to celebrate something so much more important - and another example of the strong relationship between BC and Clemson that has existed since the Eagles joined the conference in 2006.
I’m guessing most people here were already rooting for them to go ahead and make the national championship game -- and now maybe the Crowthers will be as well.
Thanks to ESPN for sharing this nice moment.