This October 28th marks the 25th anniversary of one of the most tragic events college football fans have ever witnessed - Ole Miss defensive back Chucky Mullins' collision with Vanderbilt fullback Brad Gaines that left him paralyzed. The accident, which left Mullins as a quadriplegic, eventually led to a pulmonary embolism from blood clots due to inactivity. He passed away in May of 1991 - less than two years after the hit.
With the Rebels taking on Memphis on May 27th this year, the school is set to honor his memory. Today, Athletic Director Ross Bjork announced that the program will rename Coliseum Drive to Chucky Mullins Drive and dedicate the entire weekend - titled "It's Time, The Life And Celebration Of Chucky Mullins" - to him. He also unveiled helmets, with Mullins' number 38, that the team will wear for the game.
Bjork pulls out the helmet around the 1:40 mark. Via Oxford Citizen's John Davis:
Here's a close-up of the lid, via Ole Miss play-by-play announcer David Kellum.
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It's a great way of reminding people about the Mullins tragedy and honoring his legacy - there is an entire generation of Rebels fans who might not know enough about him. Well done all-around here.