Boston College released details of all of the events surrounding Friday's Florida State game on national television at 8 PM. The full release can be found here, but here's the general overview of what the Eagles will be doing:
-The first 25,000 fans through the gates at Alumni Stadium will receive a special red bandana celebrating Welles Crowther. Crowther was best remembered for his symbolic red kerchief, which he wore as he helped no less than 12 people survive the horrific events of 9/11. Remembering Welles has become an annual tradition at Boston College, and the Crowther family - Welles' parents Jefferson and Allison - will be on hand to once again honor their courageous and heroic son. They will be honored during the second quarter of Friday's game.
-American Heroes Channel is sponsoring the game and is presenting the first Red Bandana Hero Award to Minneapolis firefighter Jake LaFerriere. On July 3, 2010, LaFerriere suffered third and fourth degree burns in a backdraft explosion while battling a house fire. While being treated at the hospital for his burns, he met several children in his burn unit. Inspired by their courage, he founded Firefighters for Healing, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting young burn survivors and their families. As the award winner, LaFerriere will receive a $10K donation to the charity of choice while standing alongside the Crowther family.
-Ten years ago, Boston College hosted Florida State in their inaugural game as members of the ACC. It was an amazing night where ESPN College Gameday joined Chestnut Hill fans for the first time with its traveling road show. On Friday, the Eagles will welcome back members of the 2005 football team, including head coach Tom O'Brien.
-Speaking of ESPN, SportsCenter will be live with a 90 minute broadcast at 6 PM outside of Alumni Stadium's Gate E. During the broadcast, Lindsay Czarniak will participate in the Eagle Walk during the live broadcast.
-Former Eagles Tim Hasselbeck and his wife Elisabeth (class of '00 and '99, respectively) will be recognized on the field during the game. Hasselbeck left The Heights and went on to have a successful career as an ESPN analyst, while his wife Elisabeth (nee Filarksi) is a former softballer and current host on "Fox & Friends."
-Members of the 2016 Aer Lingus Classic Steering Committee will be in attendance with a special message to Eagle fans during the game. While SportsCenter is broadcasting outside Gate E, BC will feature bagpipers and Irish step dancers performing for fans as they enter the stadium.
-Continuing the Irish theme, famed tenor Ronan Tynan will perform God Bless America at the end of the third quarter. Tynan is a fixture at Yankee Stadium to perform the American tradition, and he'll bring his amazing talents to The Heights to perform for the 40K strong that will be in attendance.