ESPN Enterprise Journalism Release – September 1, 2011

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September 1st, 2011

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“Man in the Red Bandanna” (Narrated by actor/director Edward Burns)
Outside the Lines (Sunday, 9 a.m., ET, ESPN)
SportsCenter (Sunday, 10 a.m., ESPN)

Heroes and heroic moments will be remembered as the10th anniversary of 9/11 approaches. One story will be of a former Boston College lacrosse player who became known as the “Man in the Red Bandanna” after dying heroically while saving lives in the World Trade Center. Welles Crowther, an equities trader, was identified by survivors as the mysterious “Man in the Red Bandanna” who made at least two trips to the South Tower’s burning 78th floor sky lobby and guided as many as 12 people to safety. Although he could have saved himself, Crowther, who died when the tower collapsed, chose to help total strangers. Actor/director Edward Burns narrates the piece written by ESPN’s Tom Rinaldi.

“When I wiped it (blood off my glasses), I looked around, I said, ‘Oh my God, there’s a lot of people completely dead.’ We looked around the floor, I said, ‘Well we really can’t move because we don’t know what happened.’ We were afraid that if we were going to take a step, the whole thing was going to sink in. Then all of a sudden we saw a young man come out of nowhere -- you heard this man’s voice say, ‘I found the stairs, follow me. Only help the ones that you can help.’ It’s the way he said it – and we just got up, we followed.” – Ling Young, on being saved by Welles Crowther

“Wearing that red bandana is absolutely an honor to be able to remember Welles and even a bigger honor to be able to try to let the Crowther family know that they’re not alone.” -- Tyler Jewell, Welles’ teammate at Boston College, who wore a red bandanna in his honor while competing as a snowboarder in the 2006 Winter Olympic Games

How Does Oregon Football Keep Winning?
ESPN.com

There is next to no reason the University of Oregon should have a good football team. Eugene is a small city and is not near a major media market, there's very little local college-caliber talent, and for literally 100 years the Ducks did almost nothing but lose. But the past decade and a half has been different. They've been to the Rose Bowl, the Cotton Bowl, the Fiesta Bowl, and last year's national championship game, and they will start this season Saturday night against Louisiana State in Arlington, Texas, ranked third in the country. How did this happen? Michael Kruse reports.

The View From Within
ESPN The Magazine (on newsstands)

An exclusive behind-bars look at inmate No. 33765-183, detailing Michael Vick’s 21 months at Leavenworth, a federal prison in Kansas. The Mag illustrates that what allowed him to survive and persevere in prison is also what made him great on the field, got him into dog fighting, and caused many of his problems: the reserve of ruthlessness, selfishness, confidence and will that allows him to go it alone. Seth Wickersham reports.

A Brothers' Tale for Omon, Nwagbuo
ESPN.com


San Francisco 49ers running back Xavier Omon recently found out he has a half brother. That brother, Ogemdi Nwagbuo, happens to play in the NFL, too. Liz Merrill reports on what the revelation means to Omon, who, as a youngster, found his older brother dead.

 
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