Legends Rock, a new addition to Maryville College’s Honaker Field, will be unveiled at 1:25 p.m. on Saturday before the football team’s home opener against Centre College. Legends Rock will be a symbol “to honor all fighting Scots – past, present and future.”
Maryville coach Tony Ierulli came up with the Legends Rock concept. Following the tragic death of assistant coach, former player and Maryville alumnus Cody Bowers last fall, he heard from former players, fans and friends living all over the country who shared in the team’s grief. Several donated money to the college in Bowers’ memory.
“I wanted the College to do something special (with the donations) that would honor Cody’s life,” Ierulli said. “Here at the College, we don’t erect monuments to people, though, so I thought about something that would honor Cody and also the 116 years of college football here.”
Maryville’s Legends Rock, a granite and bronze monument, is inscribed with the words “pride,” “team,” “commitment” and “honor” – shared values of all former players, Ierulli said. The top of the monument is bronze, the specific details of which are being kept secret. Players will touch the bronze portion on their way to Honaker Field.
Last year saw the start of a tradition called the “March of the Scots,” when fans lined the Donald W. Story Captain’s Walk to cheer on players as they entered Honaker Field from Cooper Athletic Center. Legends Rock will be added to the tradition as fans watch players run onto the field and touch the rock.
Several former players will participate in the unveiling. Alumnus and former coach and athletics director Boydson Baird will represent the teams from the 1930s. Teammates Bill Proffitt and Alan Rock will represent the 1940s. Jim Callaway and Lynn Sexton will represent teams from the 1950s. The decade of the 1960s will be represented by Don Hickman and Benny Monroe. Lee Taylor will represent the Scots of the 1970s. Nick White and Brian Gossett will represent players from the 1990s and 2000s, respectively.