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A decal with the state of Texas colors is displayed on the helmet of Florida wide receiver Tyrie Cleveland (89) as he signals to the offense in the second half of an NCAA college football game against Michigan, Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017, in Arlington, Texas. The decal honors those affected by Hurricane Harvey. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
With about a third of the school's student body having ties to the Houston area, and more than 20 players from Houston and other areas ravaged by flooding in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, the Texas Longhorns paid tribute those affected by the storm.
The Longhorns wore special helmet decals with an outline of the state of Texas and a heart the Houston area.
Meanwhile, the 17th-ranked Florida Gators, who played their season opener against No. 11 Michigan in Arlington, Texas, wore a helmet decal featuring a teardrop with the Texas state flag inside of it to bring awareness to the thousands of families affected by the storm.
— Jim Vertuno (@JimVertuno) September 2, 2017
Before kickoff of the Longhorns' home-opening loss to Maryland, there was a moment of silense for those killed, injured or forced from their homes by this past week's flooding.
Texas also gave out 500 tickets and meals to evacuees who had fled to Austin to get out of the storm’s path and have been living in shelters.
Texas also hosted the University of Houston program for several days and helped the Cougars relief drive that collected several tractor-trailers of supplies for recovery efforts.
Florida officials collaborated with Michigan and game organizers to encourage fans attending the annual kickoff game at the Dallas Cowboys' NFL stadium to donate to the Salvation Army and Red Cross to add in relief efforts. That included video messages n the stadium's huge video boards during timeouts.
TCU also wore a decal on its helmet for its game against Jackson State.
— TCU Football (@TCUFootball) September 2, 2017
The University of Houston had its opener against Texas-San Antonio postponed, but was out in the community helping residents recover from the storm.
— Kathy Haslam (@blessedwife2kev) September 2, 2017