Last Thursday marked the inaugural appearance of the Golden Ram football team at Farrell Stadium, and the first time they took to the gridiron following the tragic events that befell Virginia Tech University. Like many major college sports teams around the country, the Golden Rams chose this occasion to honor those impacted by the massacre.
There was no uniform policy implemented by the coaching staff, rather individual players were given the freedom to pay tribute in ways they felt most comfortable. Members of the coaching staff wore special Virginia Tech hats and shirts. Meanwhile, some players wore orange athletic tape on their hands and ankles, while others emblazoned helmets or shin guards with the University’s trademarked VT logo.
“We talked about it as a team and said we wanted to show support to the Virginia Tech students and campus and obviously the families of the kids who were killed” Head Coach Bill Zwaan said following the game.
Around the nation college athletes and fans paid tribute to Virginia Tech in their spring game, most noticeably was Penn State. During the team’s annual Blue-White intersquad scrimmage that attracted 71,000 fans, Nittany Lion faithful wore Maroon and Orange in honor of the fallen Hokies.