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August 2, 2012 | 12:00 a.m. CST
It was 1890 when the Missouri Tigers played their first football game. After 120 years of football, there’s bound to be an abundance of sports history. The Boone County Museum and Galleries plans to celebrate those years of sports legacy and MU’s entrance into the SEC with an exhibit called Tiger Tales.
Tiger Tales will consist of historic photographs, one of the oldest dating back to an early MU team in 1899. There will also be a mural of Memorial Stadium, life-size depictions of famous MU football players, a history of Missouri logos and more. The display will acknowledge approximately 150 players who have been drafted to the NFL and will include 16 who play in the league today. Hall of Famers such as Kellen Winslow, who revolutionized the tight end position, and former All-American Missouri player Roger Wehrli will be recognized as well.
Profiles of the SEC teams will be on display, along with visuals of the team mascots. Jenifer Flink, executive director and curator at the Boone County Museum and Galleries, says the exhibit was created with visiting SEC fans in mind. “It’s our opportunity to welcome them,” Flink says.
Native Columbians can also take advantage of the chance to learn Tiger football history. Flink says the display is meant to educate people about the teams, local stars, players and legendary coaches throughout MU’s athletic legacy. The exhibit serves as an interactive resource to prepare for the future by first looking at the past.
This is the first installation in a two-part exhibit. The second part, featuring a history of MU basketball, will open when football season ends.