Oklahoma State honors victims of tragedy with throwback helmets and decals

Oklahoma State is trying to do its part to honor the memories of those lost in team related tragedies. They’ve certainly had their fair share over the years.

For their homecoming game against West Virginia, the Cowboys are wearing throwback helmets to honor the teams 1983 season which culminated in their first bowl win in a decade. Legendary coach Jimmy Johnson coached that team to an 8-4 finish. More importantly, though, the helmets will have 18 stickers and a kneeling cowboy decal on them to honor the lives of those who were lost while affiliated with the university.

The stickers represent the 14 players who passed away following plane crashes; one in 2001 which claimed the lives of 10 OSU basketball players, and one in 2011 which resulted in 4 players tom the women’s team passing. The other four stickers represent those who died at the homecoming parade last year after a car plowed through, causing mayhem.

The kneeling cowboy decal will remain on the helmet through the rest of the season. Oklahoma State currently leads No. 10 West Virginia at the start of the third quarter.

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Michael NapolesCAMPUSSPORTS Writer
Michael is originally from Miami, FL and is of Cuban descent. He holds BFA from the University of Florida/New World School of the Arts and is also a stand-up comedian based in New York City. Michael is 5'11", but wears elevators in his shoes to make himself 6 feet tall. Twitter: @MichaelNapoles
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