Boston College’s Welles Crowther was known throughout his lacrosse career for the red bandana he carried in his pocket and wore under his helmet. But after he died on 9/11, Crowther’s red bandana became a symbol for how he used his last hour to save lives, wearing a red bandana over his nose.
Boston College will honor Crowther’s memory on Sept. 17, when BC hosts Duke.
Boston College football players will sport red bandana stickers on their helmets against Duke the weekend after 9/11’s 10th anniversary. BC will also give the student section roughly 6,000 bandanas, and Crowther’s family will be present for a pregame ceremony.
On Sept. 10, the University of Central Florida, which is hosting BC, will give Crowther’s sisters — Honor Fagan and Paige Crowther — a special mention during the game.
“Welles Crowther is a true American hero, and we are very proud that he was a Boston College student-athlete,” Boston College’s director of athletics Gene DeFilippo said in a news release. “As Americans reflect in the upcoming days on the solemn occasion of the 9/11 anniversary, we are humbled by the bravery Welles exhibited that day.”
The BC alum traded equities in the south tower of the World Trade Center. Instead of thinking about himself during the terrorist attacks, he chose to think of others.
ESPN’s Outside the Lines produced a package on Crowther’s heroism.
Watch the story below.