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Athletics Department Continues to Honor Dr. Jerry Falwell with New Memorial Inside the Vines Center

November 28, 2007
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A jersey to honor Dr. Jerry Falwell inside the Vines Center was unveiled at Wednesday's Convocation.

A jersey to honor Dr. Jerry Falwell inside the Vines Center was unveiled at Wednesday's Convocation.

In its continuing efforts to honor Dr. Jerry Falwell, the Liberty athletics department unveiled a new memorial to the University's founder and former chancellor.

During Wednesday's Convocation, inside the Vines Center, Liberty's Director of Athletics Jeff Barber announced that the number 71 will hang from the rafters on a jersey to signify Dr. Falwell's impact on Liberty University and its athletics department.

The honoring of Dr. Falwell's thumbprint on the athletics department began before the passing of the renowned visionary. During Homecoming 2006, Liberty retired the first ever football jersey in Dr. Falwell's honor. After Dr. Falwell's passing, a new tradition began with the start of the 2007 football season. Prior to the start of every home football game, a giant flag with the number 71 is hoisted up the flagpole in a mini-pregame ceremony. The number 71 signifies the year, 1971, when Liberty first opened its doors.

Wednesday's ceremony took place prior to the featured Convocation speaker, Presidential candidate Mike Huckabee.