On Friday, September 23, the SMU Mustangs will wear a special helmet decal (shown above), which adds the Dallas skyline in blue to their logo, in their game against TCU. The new logo honors the police officers killed in the July ambush, as well as all first responders. At the game, a moment of silence will be held for the five slain officers, Lorne Ahrens, Michael Krol, Michael Smith and Patrick Zamarripa of the DPD, and DART Officer Brent Thompson, as well as SMU Officer Mark McCullers (who died in a Dallas flood earlier this year) and University Park Fire Department Chief Bob Poynter, who was murdered in September.
TCU, it should be noted, had several players protest the national anthem before their game last week in support of "Black Lives Matter."
Police, firefighters, and paramedics are being offered free tickets to the game for themselves and their families. Dallas Police Chief David Brown will handle the coin toss.
"This will be a big game for us as we honor our local first-responders and pay tribute to them," said Head Coach Chad Morris. "It's an opportunity for us and our great city of Dallas to come together and lock arms and pay tribute to the lives that left us way too soon."