When workers at the Cincinnati Zoo shot and killed Harambe this May, it set off a wildfire of controversy that engulfed the country in debate: Was the zoo correct in killing a rare silverback gorilla that may or may not have seriously injured a 3-year-old boy who fell into its enclosure?
The child was saved, but Harambe’s death became a source of immense national grief in the weeks following the incident.
Now that we are mostly through the Kübler-Ross Model, many are taking the extra step of dedicating aspects of their lives to the fallen mammal. Former Kentucky quarterback — and current Boston College passer — Patrick Towles is one of those paying his respects; Monday, he decided to dedicate his 2016 season to Harambe, A.K.A. “the realist.”
Towles is currently fighting sophomore Darius Wade for the No. 1 spot on Boston College’s depth chart.
“Natural-born leader,” star linebacker Matt Milano told SEC Country in July. “Just his presence. The way he talks. The way he came in. He fit right in with the organization. The players like him. The people like him. It was a positive first impression.”
The fifth-year senior passed for more than 5,000 yards in his career at Kentucky before announcing his transfer in December. For the sake of Harambe’s legacy, we wish him plenty of success in the ACC.
SBNation.com initially informed us of Towles’ touching tribute.