Troy coach Brown sends ring to family of fallen player

Troy Trojans coach Neal Brown sent a Sun Belt conference championship ring to the family of former player Nathan Harris, who died in 2016.Photo Credit: Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports (file photo)

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Troy coach Neal Brown sent a Sun Belt conference championship ring to the family of a former player who died two years ago.

Troy won a share of the Sun Belt title after going 11-2 last year, including a win over North Texas in the New Orleans Bowl.

The team recently received conference championship rings as a reward. Brown sent one of the rings to the family of Nathan Harris, who died two years ago from a motorcycle accident in Alabama. He was 19 years old.

Along with the ring, Brown included a hand-written note to Harris’ parents. Harris’ former high school coach, Ben Blackmon, posted the note on Instagram, which read: “Thinking about you all. Nate’s impact is still being felt in our program. I’ve enclosed a championship ring that he earned. You all are very much a part of our Troy football family.”

Harris walked on at Troy as a freshman in 2015 and was the team’s starting holder. He died in April 2016.

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