MU football team honored by House and Senate
Nearly 30 members of the 2011 Mizzou football team came to Jefferson City on Tuesday, Feb. 21, to meet with legislators and fans. The players joined head coach Gary Pinkel and Athletic Director Mike Alden for a session to sign posters and footballs for Senators and Representatives in the House Lounge, then were recognized with resolutions before the Missouri Senate and Missouri House of Representatives. Following the official congratulations in the chambers, the players returned to the House Lounge where they met with staff and fans. A highlight for fans and photographers was the 2011 Independence Bowl trophy, which was displayed in the Lounge with Mizzou banners. The Tigers won the trophy after defeating North Carolina in the bowl game in December.
The day also marked the first visit to the capitol for new UM System President Timothy Wolfe, who began his official duties February 15. Wolfe visited with the football team and had an opportunity to meet many Senators and Representatives through the course of the day.
Above: Coach Pinkel (top right) and members of the MU football team with UM President Tim Wolfe (front left) and Senator Mike Kehoe (R-Jefferson City). Photo is courtesy of Bill Greenblatt.
Above: The MU football team introduced on the House floor. Photo courtesy of Bill Greenblatt.
Above from left to right: Coach Gary Pinkel, Senator Mike Kehoe (R-Jefferson City), President Tim Wolfe.
Above: MU Athletic Director Mike Alden, UM President Tim Wolfe, Representative Chris Kelly (D-Columbia), MU Football Coach Gary Pinkel, and Speaker Steven Tilley (R-Perryville). Photo courtesy of the Missouri House.
Above: The MU football team signing autographs for legislators in the House Lounge. Photo courtesy of the Missouri House.
Above: Representative Steve Hodges (D-East Prairie) greeting the MU football team on the House floor. Photo courtesy of the Missouri House.