BOWLING GREEN, Ky. -- Competing against the nation's top mascots as part of the National Cheerleaders Association (NCA) Collegiate Championships this past weekend in Daytona Beach, Fla., Big Red claimed fourth place. The Western Kentucky University icon beat out the likes of Hokie Bird (Virginia Tech), Cocky (South Carolina), and The Bird (Air Force Academy).
Also, WKU Cheerleaders John Kirk and Katy Moody placed third in the Partner Stunt competition.
Big Red was named to the 2009 Capital One All-America Mascot Team for the sixth time in eight years this past fall. He is a huge, furry, lovable creature who made his debut in 1980. He was the centerpiece of ESPN's promotion of the 25,000th SportsCenter, airing in August, 2002. Big Red has also been recognized by USA Today as one of the top mascots in all of sports as well as making celebrity appearances on "Deal or No Deal" and "Wheel of Fortune." You can also visit Big Red on Twitter or Facebook.