NFL players pay tribute to Tate Myre, the athlete who was killed in a Michigan high school shooting

Aidan Hutchinson and Jim Harbaugh commented on the mysterious ways around the world on Saturday as the Michigan Wolverines scored 42 points in a Big Ten Championship win over Iowa.

Tate Myre, who died in the school shooting that killed four in Michigan last week, wore 42 as a football player for the Oxford Wildcats.

Wolverines players wore a No.42 crest on Saturday and Myre’s family and former coaches were named honorary midfield captains ahead of the game. Hutchinson had written “Play for Tate” on his forearm band.

The tributes took a different form on Sunday, with NFL players honoring Myre with custom jerseys and warm-up gear. Before the Detroit Lions and Minnesota Vikings played (kick-off at 1 p.m. ET), Lions safety Jalen Elliott entered Ford Field wearing a custom No.42 jersey with “Myre” on the back. . Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins ​​wore an “Oxford Wildcats” shirt during warm-ups. Lions players and coaches Dan Campbell also wore jerseys.

Both teams’ helmets will feature Oxford ‘O’ logo decals on the back.

Myre was a linebacker and running back and had been on a recruiting trip to Toledo the weekend before the attack. He was 16 years old.

In addition to being a star wrestler, Myre wanted to play college football; he tweeted his 2021 season stats on Nov. 10: 10 touchdowns, 71.5 tackles for the Wildcats in his junior season.

Madisyn Baldwin, Hana St. Juliana and Justin Shilling also died on Tuesday.

The 15-year-old shooter was charged with four counts of first degree murder and terrorism causing death. His parents, James and Jennifer Crumbley, were charged with four counts of manslaughter on Friday. Witnesses said Myre ran towards the shooter in an attempt to stop him.

Myre’s funeral is scheduled for Tuesday morning.

Follow Chris Bumbaca on Twitter @BOOMbaca.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Tate Myre, Killed in Michigan School Shooting, Honored by NFL Players

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