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Chris Relf to honor Nick Bell in Gator Bowl

Posted on: December 29, 2010 12:16 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli

Earlier this season Mississippi State lost defensive end Nick Bell to cancer.  Bell had been diagnosed with the disease in late September after experiencing headaches, and had surgery to remove a mass from his brain on October 1.  Just over a month later, on November 2, Bell would lose his battle with the disease.

It's a tragic story for Mississippi State, but the team was able to overcome its grief and finish the season 8-4 to earn a trip to the Gator Bowl.  A bowl game in which the team and quarterback Chris Relf will honor their fallen teammate.  

During the Gator Bowl, Relf won't be wearing the number 14 he usually wears, but will don the #36 jersey instead.  The same jersey that belonged to Bell.

Head coach Dan Mullen said he got the idea from numerous emails he received from fans asking the coach if Relf could wear the number during the game, and when he presented the emails to Relf, the quarterback was all too happy to agree.

Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 22, 2011 2:00 pm

Chris Relf to honor Nick Bell in Gator Bowl

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Since: Aug 31, 2006
Posted on: December 30, 2010 11:19 am

Chris Relf to honor Nick Bell in Gator Bowl

This is an instance where props need to be given to the NCAA also.  They had to approve a QB wearing an non-QB # before it could happen.  Way to show that people are important than the letter of the law sometimes.

Since: Sep 23, 2008
Posted on: December 30, 2010 3:47 am

Chris Relf to honor Nick Bell in Gator Bowl

What a great way to show tribute to a fallen teammate. To allow his memory to not only be on the jerseys of every player but to have his jersey and his hand in on every play in the game!  Hats off to Relf and Mullen!!!  Go Miss St!  My wife's father is a graduate of Miss St so I know he will love this!

Since: Nov 14, 2006
Posted on: December 29, 2010 11:17 pm

Chris Relf to honor Nick Bell in Gator Bowl

A very classy, touching idea on the part of all who promoted the idea.  Thanks for acting on the request, Chris!

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