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Boston College Football Team To Honor Welles Crowther With Helmet Patch

Boston College's football team will honor former Eagles lacrosse player and hero from the September 11th terrorist attacks Welles Crowther with a helmet patch, according to the BC media relations department.

In addition, the Eagles have invited Welles' sisters, Honor Fagan and Paige Crowther, to the team's game against UCF in the Orlando, FL area, where they will be introduced during the fourth quarter. UCF has encouraged fans attending the game to wear red bandannas in honor of Welles.

"Welles Crowther is a true American hero, and we are very proud that he was a Boston College student-athlete," DeFilippo said. "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." (via BC Media Relations)

Read more about Welles Crowther after the jump.

Welles Crowther was an equities trader in the south tower of the World Trade Center on September 11. Months after the attacks, survivors began piecing together stories of the events and Crowther's heroic acts came to light. Crowther used the last hour of his life to save the lives of others, using a red bandana to cover his nose and mouth as protection against smoke and debris. Crowther had carried a red bandana in his pocket since his father gave him one as a child, and it became his trademark as he wore one under his helmet as a BC lacrosse player. His heroics were documented in the "Outside the Lines" segment on ESPN, produced by ESPN's Drew Gallagher (BC '99), who was a friend of Welles at BC, written by Tom Rinaldi and narrated by the actor Edward Burns. (via BC Media Relations)

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