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BC honors Sept. 11 hero Welles Crowther

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The Man in the Red Bandana (13:29)

Remembering a man who led people to safety after terrorists struck the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001, Welles Crowther was a former Boston College lacrosse player whose trademark was a red bandana. (13:29)

On the 13th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, Boston College is preparing to recognize one of its own lost in the tragedy -- the “Man in the Red Bandana.”

Former BC lacrosse player Welles Crowther was heroic that dark day, sacrificing his own life to help save others in the South Tower of the World Trade Center in New York City, and on Saturday night his Eagles will honor his memory.

The BC football team will host No. 9 USC in a prime-time, nationally televised matchup Saturday night (8 ET on ESPN). And when the cameras hit the home team, the Eagles will be wearing Crowther’s signature accessory -- a red bandana -- on their helmets, cleats and gloves.

The team’s football equipment room tweeted a preview of the look this week:

Crowther’s family will be in Chestnut Hill Saturday night for the game, which is being called “Service Day” in recognition of those who uphold Boston College’s Jesuit ideal of “men and women for others.”

The Eagles will pass out 6,000 red bandanas to students, and the coaching staff will be outfitted with Under Armour gear featuring the red bandana pattern.

Jack McCluskey is an editor for ESPN.com and a frequent contributor to ESPNBoston.com. Follow him on Twitter @jack_mccluskey.