The other honorary captains will be Jack Lengyel, the former Marshall coach and athletic director at the U.S. Naval Academy, Congressional Medal of Honor recipient Herschel "Woody" Williams and Sen. Joe Manchin.
Leftwich's best advice to the team?
"The biggest thing he talked about is just living in this moment," Rouse said. "He said his best memories were playing college football at Marshall; he'll remember that for his whole life. He said this is something you'll never again get in life - at the next level, you'll never get what you got at Marshall. It was so good to hear that."
Players from both Marshall and Maryland got to witness Tom DeLuca's comedic hypnotism show Tuesday night. Witnesses say a few Thundering Herd players went under DeLuca's spell - receiver Jazz King and defensive back Corie Wilson among them.
"He made Jazz and Corrie dance around and act like different people, stuff like that," Rouse said
Wednesday night's itinerary had Herd players touring the Washington Mall and surrounding monuments. Today, the teams will appear at a luncheon.
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