HUNTINGTON – Bob Bronger will forever be part of the Young Thundering Herd.
That will never change.
Yet, an emotional symbol of that football bond was stolen from Bronger … and on Tuesday, his hometown of Louisville, Ky., made things as right in that regard as they can be.
Bronger, a health and physical education teacher and retired high school coach in Louisville, played for the 1971 Young Thundering Herd as a freshman recruit from Bishop David High School, a teenager who made his first visit to Marshall a couple of weeks before the 1970 team plane crash that killed 75.
The offensive guard, No. 62, lettered as a Marshall senior in 1974, playing four years for Coach Jack Lengyel.
In 2007, with assistance from the M-Club, the Young Thundering Herd members had a ring designed by Jostens of Minnesota, and those players and coaches could purchase one of three choices.