Thursday, September 3, 2009

SOMETIMES A U.S. FLAG IS A LITTLE MORE THAN A U.S. FLAG

Here's just one more reason college football is way cool...

When the N.C. State Wolfpack charges on to the field tonight to play the University of South Carolina Gamecocks, they will be led by an American flag and a North Carolina flag – just like they always are.

However, this time the American flag has traveled a very long way to be at tonight’s game.

The flag belongs to former N.C. State football player Drew Wimsatt. Wimsatt kept it behind the seat of his helicopter in Afghanistan while serving there as a First Lieutenant in the Marines. Wimsatt, who played for N.C. State in 2001 and 2002, flies a Cobra attack helicopter.

N.C. State coach Tom O'Brien said Wimsatt sent him the flag, which was kept in the helicopter with him for a month in April.

"It's seen combat, heroic acts and everything else," said O'Brien, who served in the Marines himself.

As the team comes onto the field, O'Brien has the American flag and the North Carolina state flag carried on to the field by the top scout team players of the week. On Thursday, Paul Horst and Mark Walker will carry the flags.

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