Tom Rinaldi: Red Bandana Game Is Highest Profile BC Event

Tom Rinaldi dropped by CBS Sports Radio to discuss his new book, “The Red Bandanna: A life. A choice. A legacy,” which tells the story of Welles Crowther, a former Boston College lacrosse player who lost his life while saving dozens of others on 9/11.

The third annual Red Bandanna game, which honors Crowther, will take place at Boston College later this season.

“Certainly the highest-profile event they have is the Red Bandanna football game that they designate against a top-ranked opponent,” Rinaldi said on The DA Show. “It will be happening in a few weeks from now hen they take on presumably a top-five Clemson team in the biggest game of the Boston College season.”

Boston College beat then-No. 9 USC, 37-31, on Sept. 13, 2014, in the first annual Red Bandanna game.

“In the third act of the book, there is a scene about the first Red Bandanna football game that Coach (Steve) Addazio created upon arriving there, when Boston College – which hadn’t beaten a top-10 team in a decade-and-a-half – as a 20-point underdog took on USC,” Rinaldi explained. “And after falling behind, (they) rallied to the thrilling moments of the crowd there, and pulled out that victory over USC. Afterward, Welles’ parents, Jeff and Allison, received the game ball in the locker room and addressed the team with many of the players openly weeping in front of them. Really a stirring scene around Boston College athletics in honor of Welles.”

Boston College (2-2) plays No. 5 Clemson (4-0) on Friday, Oct. 7, at 7:30 p.m. ET.

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