Mizzou Football’s NFL Day

Mizzou Football family is busy preparing for its 10th bowl game under Head Coach Gary Pinkel — but that doesn’t mean they can’t have some fun.

Every year, Mizzou Football celebrates one of the final practices as “NFL Day,” when the rules are a little more lax. Players are allowed to wear different jersey numbers, alternate helmets, armbands, special socks, earrings, and other pieces that are usually off-limits.

Coach Pinkel led the way for this year’s NFL Day, showing up in style with an all-gold-everything look. His gold sweatsuit, sunglasses, and exclusive gold LeBrons —honoring the basketball player who hails from Pinkel’s hometown of Akron, Ohio — turned heads all afternoon.

The Mizzou Football family took full advantage of the chance to wear something unique. Defensive lineman Eddie Serrano sported a full Santa outfit (complete with a taped-on Santa hat), tailback Marcus Murphy sported a blackout visor on his traditional Mizzou helmet, and wide receiver Bud Sasser broke out his pink gloves.

Several players chose to resurrect old helmet styles or create a new style altogether. The headgear the players chose included a carbon fiber-style helmet, the old-school M logo helmet, a taped-up white helmet with a gold tiger decal, a classic black helmet with the old-school M, and a camo helmet for quarterback Maty Mauk.

Check GaryPinkel.com throughout the week for new installments of 12 Days of Citrus, where you can get an inside look at what the Mizzou Football family is up to in Orlando. On Tuesday, December 22 and Wednesday, December 23, the 12 Days of Citrus will focus on what the Mizzou Made student-athletes are up to during their free days in sunny Florida.

The Tigers will take on the Minnesota Golden Gophers in the Citrus Bowl Stadium on Thursday, January 1, 2015. Kickoff is set for 12 p.m. CT and the game will air on ABC by ESPN. Fans can follow Mizzou Football on TwitterInstagram, and Facebook and listen in via Tiger Network radio affiliates for updates throughout the game.