FORT COLLINS, Colo. - As the Colorado State Rams football team prepares for its road bout against the No. 1 ranked Alabama Crimson Tide on Saturday, they will be playing for a greater cause than just the final score.
Rams head coach Jim McElwain announced Thursday that the team will wear a helmet decal during the nationally-televised game that will bring national awareness to Colorado's struggle with our epic floods.
The decal shows the state flag within a raindrop, in recognition of flood victims as well as rescue and recovery personnel. Additionally, McElwain, his assistant coaches and support staff also will wear the decal on their clothing.
"This is no doubt a tremendous opportunity and a great challenge for our football program to play Alabama," McElwain said. "But at the same time, as the Colorado State University, it is not the most important thing we carry in our hearts.
"We have had thousands of people across our state affected by the recent floods," McElwain continues. "We are very thankful for everyone involved in rescue and recovery efforts now taking place to assist those people affected by the flooding. We want to be sure that every individual affected knows we carry them in our heart into this game. We are proud to be the Colorado State University and carry the flag with us."
McElwain, a former assistant coach with Alabama, said he’s encouraging Ram fans to assist in any way possible toward the relief efforts, and on Thursday made a personal contribution to the American Red Cross.
"It is important that we step forward and assist the victims and the responders in whatever manner possible. Members of our entire football program want those individuals to know we are thinking about and care about them."
Kickoff for the game is set for 5 p.m.