Illinois honors the late Bobby Roundtree with touching tribute before Nebraska game
Illinois honored the late Bobby Roundtree with a nice gesture before kick off of the Nebraska game on Saturday afternoon.
Roundtree, who passed away earlier this offseason, was just 23 years old.
When the Illini came out of the tunnel on just before kickoff on Saturday, they were led by a 97 flag — Roundtree’s old number. Here’s a clip:
🗣 COLLEGE FOOTBALL IS BACK!!
— FOX College Football (@CFBONFOX) August 28, 2021
Roundtree played in 24 games for Illinois from 2017-18 and was one of the team’s most productive players. He compiled 117 tackles with 17.5 for loss, 12.5 sacks and 10 pass break-ups as a defensive lineman.
In May of 2019, he suffered a spinal cord injury during a swimming accident.
Earlier this offseason, several of his former Illinois teammates paid tribute to his memory.
“He was an unbelievable teammate, he was an unbelievable friend to a lot of people,” defensive lineman Doug Kramer said during B1G Media Days in July. “He impacted so many people within our facility. He’s leaving behind an unbelievable legacy.”
Illinois is looking for its second consecutive victory over Nebraska.