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Jackson State University Honors Young Dolph By Renaming Their Stadium's Football Tunnel

Young Dolph's legacy will live on forever in Jackson, Mississippi. Jackson State University's football team renamed, earlier in March, its tunnel where players leave every game the Paper Route Tunnel to honor the late PRE boss.

“We should rename it,” a person assumed to be working 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.”

Deion Sanders, who coaches Jackson State's football team, has been a part of Dolph's life for decades. Jackson State's 28-7 homecoming victory over Alabama State in October saw the Memphis native turn up the volume in the locker room to sing his "100 Shots" anthem. The clip quickly went viral on social media.

Upon hearing of Young Dolph's murder on November 17, coach Deion Sanders paid tribute to the Memphis native who visited his team a month earlier.

“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.”

Last November, young Dolph was shot and killed at Makeda's Cookies in his hometown. Three men have since been arrested in connection with the murder.

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