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PHOTO: Western Michigan to honor Ben Flick with helmet decal

By Jerry Hinnen | College Football Writer

When UCLA receiver Nick Pasquale was killed in a car accident earlier this season, their opponents that week at Nebraska wore his number on their helmets in honor of his memory. Cincinnati's opponents this week surely would have followed suit in the wake of the Saturday accident that tragically killed Bearcat offensive lineman Ben Flick -- except that Cincinnati has the week off.

Flick's memory will still be honored on a college football field this Saturday, though, thanks to Western Michigan . Cincy athletic director Whit Babcock tweeted the following image, writing "Thank you to @WMU_Football for this first-class gesture & tribute. Go Broncos!":

An Ohio native, Flick had no clear connection to the Broncos program -- which in many ways makes the gesture even classier. Western Michigan coach P.J. Fleck told NBC Sports that “simply, it's the right thing to do ... We want Coach [Tommy] Tuberville, the families involved and all of Bearcat Nation to know we are rowing for them.”

The decals will be worn during Western Michigan's home game Saturday vs. MAC rival Kent State.

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