Cajuns football team to wear 'Lafayette Strong' stickers this fall season _lowres

Advocate staff photo by BRAD BOWIE -- Head coach of the Ragin' Cajuns, Mark Hudspeth, speaks to members of the press during media day for the University of Louisiana at Lafayette football team held on Wednesday at the Alumni House on campus.

LAFAYETTE – After the July shooting at the Grand Theater that killed two and rocked the community, the Louisiana-Lafayette football team will express a small token of solidarity this fall.

Coach Mark Hudspeth said at the Cajuns media day Wednesday that his team would wear Lafayette Strong helmet decals this fall.

“I couldn’t be more proud of this community, I couldn’t be more proud to be a part of this community because of the way this community has rallied in the last few weeks since the horrible tragedy that took place,” Hudspeth said. “The community support and what I saw at Cajun Field, and now what I see driving home every day with all the Lafayette Strong signs out in the community, it’s unbelievable.

“It just goes to show you what a great place we have to live in in Acadiana and Lafayette. I’m very proud to be a part of this community, and our team feels the same way.”

The Lafayette Strong decals will be designed in the same manner as the signs appearing around the area, with the Acadiana flag design inside the outline of the state of Louisiana.

“We will represent our community, and I’m excited to do that,” Hudspeth said.

Last fall, the team honored former Cajuns great Orlando Thomas, who died November 9 after a lengthy battle with ALS, by wearing decals with his old No. 42 uniform number on them.