May 1975 and May 2013 will be remembered as sad months for University of Oregon Ducks. On the 30th May 1975, sports world lost one of the most promising athletes of the time. Steve “Pre” Prefontaine, the middle and long distance runner from University of Oregon died in a car crash while returning from a party in Eugene, OR. He was at the time holding many American track records and had competed in 1972 Munich Olympics for the USA track team, just missing out on a medal. He was expected to return stronger and go for the gold in 1976 Olympics in Montreal. It wasn’t to be…

Yesterday, 38 years after Pre’s death, another promising University of Oregon athlete passed away. Alex Rovello, aged only 21 died after diving into water from a cliff during a day out with his friends. Rovello played tennis for University of Oregon and already had a great winning record. He was considered to be one of the rising stars of the US tennis and Sport Illustrated had already featured him as one of the top young athletes of the country.

University of Oregon decided to honor Alex Rovello by placing a decal or patch on the helmets and uniforms of the still competing Ducks teams this season.

Alex Rovello and the Ducks helmet honoring his memory with his initials.

Alex Rovello and the Ducks helmet honoring his memory with his initials.

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