LOOK: Texas A&M to wear Hurricane Harvey stickers Sunday vs. UCLA

Texas A&M's campus is under 100 miles from Houston, and the entire region is feeling the impact of damaging winds and catastrophic flooding. To bring awareness to the ongoing situation, the Aggies football team will wear a special helmet sticker during Sunday night's game at the Rose Bowl against UCLA.

"It's really a tough time," Aggie coach Kevin Sumlin said. "Now that the pictures and the videos are coming out, I think the rest of the world understands what people in this region have known for the last three days. It's something that hits home with us with the number of players from the Gulf Coast area, and from Houston in particular, on our team. It's a tough time for the people of Houston and the Gulf Coast, and our thoughts and prayers are with them."

The release from the school says that more than half of the players on the Aggie roster have been directly affected by the storm. According to Carter Karels of the Dallas Morning News, the families of running back Trayveon Williams and defensive lineman Jarrett Johnson had to be rescued from flooding in the Houston metropolitan area.

The helmet sticker features the state of Texas inside the of the symbol for a hurricane with a heart over the area of the state directly impacted by Hurricane Harvey. 

"The thought process behind the decal was to symbolize and acknowledge what happened, as well as what we're feeling in three images combined -- the universal hurricane symbol, the outline of the State of Texas, and a heart," said assistant athletic director for equipment and apparel Matt Watson. "The heart is almost centered over Bryan/College Station and positioned to cover the majority of the areas hardest hit by Hurricane Harvey.  It is intended to show that Texas shares one heartbeat and those affected are in our hearts and that they are not alone."

Texas A&M's season opener against the Bruins will kick off at 7:30 p.m. ET on Sunday.

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