Before the Mizzou Tigers left town to head for Dallas this past week, they got together for a special yearly practice they like to call “NFL Day.”
Why NFL Day? Because much like the pros, the Mizzou team has more of a “pro style” practice where the dress code is a little more relaxed and celebrating your plays and accomplishments are a little more acceptable.
It’s a practice where players get to enjoy themselves a little bit before the bowl game. It’s also the final practice the team will have in Columbia before traveling. For the seniors, it will be their last practice in Columbia ever.
If some of the faces you’re seeing don’t match up to the numbers you’re familiar with, don’t be alarmed. Sophomore wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham wore No. 9 to honor one of his favorite former Mizzou stars and NFL standout Jeremy Maclin. Sophomore defensive lineman Shane Ray pulled out a tribute of his own, wearing the No. 3 to honor former Tiger Jacquies Smith.
You’ll also notice Coach Gary Pinkel walking around with baseball cap and sunglasses, a non-traditional look for the coach. He would later walk in front of the team with this look and take a selfie, causing quite the stir of laughter. Even when Coach Pinkel is in preparation mode, he still lets everyone know that there’s nothing wrong with a good chuckle.