Louisville’s massive home game against Florida State will be packed with emotion. With Florida State in town being led by a freshman quarterback and down its best secondary defender, Lamar Jackson and Louisville seem poised to pull off what would be the biggest win since Bobby Petrino returned to the Cardinals.
With all of the attention of the college football world focused on its program, the University of Louisville will use the game as a stage to celebrate the life of legendary boxer Muhammed Ali.
Ali, a Louisville native and enthusiastic Cardinals fan who publicly supported the team through the final year of his life, died on June 3.
“Muhammad Ali’s presence and generosity to our department will never be forgotten and the support Lonnie and her family have given in all aspects have meant a lot to me during the course of my career at the University of Louisville,” athletic director Tom Jurich said this week. “They are treasured in our community and we wanted to properly thank them for everything they’ve meant to the city and the university.”
Muhammed Ali will be honored on the field in a few prominent ways:
- On the field, there will be a 30-foot graphic of a butterfly with the word “ALI” painted behind one of the end zones.
- That same graphic will be on Louisville’s alternate red chrome helmets, also making their debut against FSU.
- A commemorative coin will be given to both teams before the game by Ali’s son, Asaad.
- Ali’s wife, Lonnie, will be at the game and honored on the field for her work with the “Ali in All of US” initiative. The school will also announce it is dedicating all of the community-service hours performed by student-athletes in 2016-17 to the service initiative.
- More than 3,000 specially designed T-shirts will be given to students prior to kickoff.
- Various highlights from Ali’s career and life will be shown on the video board throughout the game.
Louisville and Florida State will kick off at noon ET on Saturday.
Source: CBS Sports Headlines / Louisville will go all-out honoring Muhammad Ali during Florida State game