Mississippi State releases emotional video as team prepares to honor Mike Leach at bowling game
Mississippi State will play the ReliaQuest Bowl against Illinois with heavy hearts as the school pays tribute to the late Mike Leach, who passed away last month.
The university released a tribute video honoring Leach and revealed that she would wear a pirate logo on her helmet to honor the coach’s swashbuckling nickname. The game will take place at Raymond James Stadium, home of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The team had a memorial installed near the pirate ship which overlooks one of the end zones of the stadium.
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On Sunday, the school released the tribute video narrated by quarterback Will Rogers.
“Time is precious. It’s never been clearer than now,” Rogers says in the video. “For three years we sailed with our pirate. Oh, the lessons we learned from him. A new voyage was his destiny. But now we have a chance to show the world how he will remain a part of us forever. How We Do This Just as he taught us, we’ll be the most excited to play.
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“No matter the ups, no matter the downs, we’ll play the next game not wanting to be overtaken or overwhelmed by those who played before. Simply put, we’ll play the kind of football he wanted us to play. We’ll do our job. again and again and again until the clock shows 0:00.”
Mississippi State vowed to play the game in Leach’s honor because that’s what the coach would want them to do.
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The school said Leach died of complications from heart disease. He was 61 years old. Zach Arnett will coach the team in the bowling game.