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A half-century later, Marshall football still galvanized by tragedy


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Published December 14

 

TAMPA — The Herd will come out thundering for the Gasparilla Bowl, as it does for every blessed bowl played. Oh, sure, some years Marshall may be injury-maligned or overmatched, but it's never, ever flat.

Chisel that in stone. How do we know? Because of everything already chiseled in and around Huntington, W.Va., where football really is about life and death. The home to Marshall football is replete with shrines, cemetery markers, even memorial fountains.

And when you sign on to play for the Herd, a few things also get chiseled in your psyche: history, tragedy, pride and those 75 souls immortalized from Huntington to Hollywood. When you're representing something that much greater than yourself, flat just doesn't come into play.

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Tip of my hat...Their program has my respect for what they've gone through and persevered.

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