In 1989 Chucky Mullins was injured during the University of Mississippi homecoming football game with Vanderbilt. The Russellville, Alabama native suffered a neck injury that left him paralyzed from the neck down. In May of 1991 Mullins died from a blood clot in his lung. In his honor, the university created the Chucky Mullins Courage Award which is given to a senior defensive back who has the honor of wearing number 38, Mullins jersey number. In April of 2002 the Sigma Nu Fraternity presented Christopher Reeve with a number 38 jersey and donated $50,000 to the Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation (CRPF) in honor of Mullins.