Aaron O’Neal was a redshirt freshman linebacker heading into the 2005 season, with much promise to his future. Aaron’s dream died tragically on the afternoon of July 12, 2005, when he passed away following a voluntary workout with his teammates. Since then, a Mizzou linebacker has been chosen to wear the number 25 on their jersey every four years. After Zaviar Gooden graduated last year, the number was passed on to redshirt freshman Donavin Newsom.
Watch as Newsom and Defensive Coordinator Dave Steckel talk about playing for Aaron’s memory, and the honor associated with wearing the number 25.