Honorary captains announced for Ole Miss-Louisville Chick-Fil-A Kickoff Game
Before Ole Miss and Louisville kick off on Monday night, each school is going to welcome back one of its all-time greats for the Chick-Fil-A Kickoff Game.
It was announced Thursday that former Rebels linebacker Patrick Willis and former Cardinals wide receiver Harry Douglas will be serving as the honorary captains for the season opener between the teams. Willis and Douglas will join the players at midfield for the pregame coin toss.
Willis played at Ole Miss from 2003-06, during which he was a 2-time first-team All-SEC selection, a 2-time first-team All-American and the 2006 SEC Defensive Player of the Year. He went on to play 8 NFL seasons, all with the San Francisco 49ers.
While Douglas spent his college days at Louisville from 2004-07, he’s a Georgia native who spent 6 of his 9 NFL seasons with the Atlanta Falcons. Although he never played at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, he’ll be in a city that’s quite familiar to him on Monday night. Douglas is now an analyst for ESPN.
This will be the first time that Ole Miss and Louisville are facing off. It will also be the final matchup of the opening week of the 2021 season, as most schools are playing in the 4 days prior to this contest.
The Rebels and Cardinals are set to kick off Monday at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN.