During the Quick Lane Bowl, Rutgers players and coaches showed their support of Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos, the two NYPD officers that were shot and killed last Saturday in Brooklyn. The players and coaches wore NYPD hats on the sidelines. Head coach Kyle Flood’s brother works for New York City’s Emergency Services Unit, which is an equivalent of a SWAT team. The coach said he wanted to “support them in whatever way I could.”
Earlier in the week, Flood wore a patch on his shirt to pay tribute. He elaborated on why he wanted to pay homage:
“I’m the proud sibling of a sergeant on the NYPD. My brother’s been a member of the force for the last 23 years. He’s a sergeant in what they call Emergency Service Unit. They’ve gone through a tough time over the last week. I thought it was important for me as a family member, for my grandfather who was a member of the NYPD, (for) my uncle, my brother and three of my cousins … my family is really intertwined with that organization and we live under their protection.”
The Rutgers campus is located less than an hour southwest of New York City.
Rutgers dominated the first half of the Quick Lane Bowl by jumping out to a 23-0 lead against North Carolina and cruised to a 40-21 victory.