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Fein’s Family Continues Landshark Legacy

Photo courtesy of Ole Miss Athletics
Photo courtesy of Ole Miss Athletics

The Ole Miss football team is preparing to take on Texas A&M this coming Saturday, October 12, at Vaught-Hemingway. Rebel fans will be watching closely to see if A&M defensive back Toney Hurd, #4 on the Aggies’ roster, throws up the Landshark sign during the game.

Hurd has raised eyebrows this season by usurping the sign many Rebel faithful associate with our own Tony Fein, the original Ole Miss Landshark, who played for Ole Miss in 2007 and 2008. Sadly, Fein passed away in 2009.

It is not exactly clear why the Aggie senior co-captain has chosen to throw up the Landshark sign, as the A&M Defense has been known as the “Wrecking Crew” in past years.

But Ole Miss fans ARE clear on one thing; their tenacious Rebel defense embodies the spirit of the Land Shark movement that was inspired by the great Tony Fein.

Tony Fein was a remarkable young man, an Iraq war veteran, and an Ole Miss Rebel. He was awarded the Pat Tillman Patriot Award by the Military Order of the Purple Heart; this is an award given to those who show a willingness to serve their country and still take part in sports.

Recently, Tony’s mother Cindy Daniels was invited to Oxford by the founder of Land Shark Nation, Jonathan Ferguson. She joined him for the SEMO game at the Land Shark Nation tailgate and spoke with HottyToddy.com about how special it is to see her son’s memory carried on and honored through the Landshark movement.

From listening to Ms. Daniels, one sees the obvious pain she feels from the loss of her precious son, but also the pride she has in knowing what Tony continues to mean to Rebel Nation and how his legacy is being preserved.

Ms. Daniels is partnering with Ferguson and his site, LandSharkNation.com, to keep the memory of Tony alive and to continue the types of programs that were meaningful to him. Together, they are creating a foundation that will raise money to help children—a cause near and dear to Tony’s heart. They hope to raise funds that can be used to aid kids and their families with the costs associated with participating in youth sports, as well as to create scholarships.

If you’d like to read more about Tony Fein and the legacy he leaves behind, please click here. Or, you may also visit LandSharkNation.com to learn more about what is being done to foster both his memory and his dreams of helping others.


— Evelyn VanPelt, HottyToddy.com Sports Reporter

Email her at: evie.vanpelt@hottytoddy.com

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