The unusual bond that late rapper Young Dolph had with the Jackson State University football team will be forever memorialized. The HBCU has moved to rename the tunnel that players customarily come out of in his honor. Get the full story on their unusual bond from Michael Saponara at Hip Hop Dx below.
The Young Dolph legacy will live on forever in Jackson, Mississippi. Earlier in March, Jackson State University’s football team renamed their stadium’s tunnel where players walk out of every game the Paper Route Tunnel in honor of the late PRE boss.
“We should rename it,” a person who we assume works for Jackson State University said at a conference. “The name of the tunnel should be called Paper Route Tunnel. In memory of Young Dolph, the life and legacy.”
Dolph and Jackson State’s football team, which is coached by NFL legend Deion Sanders, are forever linked. The Memphis native pulled up to Jackson State’s 28-7 homecoming victory over Alabama State in October and joined the team’s celebration in the locker room where they turned up to his “100 Shots” anthem. The clip quickly went viral on social media.
Once reports of Young Dolph’s murder began to surface on November 17, coach Deion Sanders paid tribute to the late Memphis resident who visited his team a month prior.
“I hope to God these rumors ain’t true about my friend, my brother and a man dear to my Sons @YoungDolph,” the NFL icon wrote on Twitter. “Lord help us as a people stop the hate, the violence and the hopelessness. When we realize we matter others will as well. Lord help us right now.”
Young Dolph was shot and killed last November while at Makeda’s Cookies in his hometown. Three men have since been arrested in connection to his murder.