Sept. 14, 2012
By: Brandon Mellor, Seminoles.com Managing Editor
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Reggie Northrup is never going to forget the third game of his Florida State career.
And neither will his father.
Northrup, a true freshman linebacker from Jacksonville, Fla., will have the unique opportunity of proudly leading the No. 5 Seminoles onto Bobby Bowden Field Saturday morning with an American flag in his hands.
He will do so as part of the Military Appreciation Day festivities at Doak Campbell Stadium for the 'Noles' game against Wake Forest, which, among other events, also includes a fly-over from four A-10 Thunderbolts from Moody Air Force Base in Georgia at the conclusion of the National Anthem.
For the younger Northrup, the signs of appreciation will be personal. His father, Lt. Reggie Northrup, is a retired Naval officer that served from 1990-2004 and went on two tours of duty during the Gulf War aboard the USS Yosemite and USS Forrestal.
Lt. Northrup served as a Surface Warfare Officer aboard the USS Enterprise in Norfolk, Va. at the time of his retirement and is now a firefighter in Jacksonville.
The flag that Northrup will run on to the field with also has special meaning as it took part in numerous missions throughout the Ninewa Province before being flown over the 779th Engineer Battalion Headquarters at the Contingency Operating Site Marez.
The 779th Engineer Battalion, Florida Army National Guard, Tallahassee, Florida was assigned to the 130th Engineer Brigade in Mosul, Iraq and was the only General Engineering and Combat Engineer Effects Battalion within northern Iraq during their rotation from 2009-10.
Tickets are still available for Saturday's game if you want to watch Florida State open its 2012 Atlantic Coast Conference schedule and show your appreciation for those that fight to preserve our freedom.
You can also show your support by purchasing a Nike Florida State Digital Camo hat from the official online store of FSU Athletics.