#TBT: ‘Mini-Me Pinkel’ meets real Pinkel for Halloween

Youngster with autism dresses as Missouri head coach for Halloween, meets Pinkel
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Two years ago, a 9-year-old autistic boy named Mason Gray dressed as head coach Gary Pinkel for Halloween. The youngster was part of a costume contest, and drew the attention of many with his unique outfit. A social media frenzy was created via the picture of Gray in his Pinkel regalia.  

Former athletic director Mike Alden invited the family to witness a game live, and the experience allowed the Gray's to visit with Pinkel and get a behind-the-scenes tour of the facilities. 

Looking like a spitting image of Pinkel, the younger Gray ran onto Faurot Field and got to take pictures with the head coach after a Missouri win. 

One has to wonder, will Gray reprise his role as “Mini-Me Pinkel” in 2015?