Another season of Texas A&M football is right around the corner and it’s time to get excited. Texas is a state that is well-known for being obsessed with college-level football and Texas A&M has no shortage of local fans that have come to love this team dearly. Rooting for your local college team is a tradition here, and there are many more traditions that are special to this university.
In fact, Texas is a state that has a culture and history all its own. People from outside the state and US even recognize some of the things that are held sacred in Texas. Texas cowboy hats and boots is an instantly recognized style that is copied around the world. Texas Hold’em, whose official birthplace is a small town called Robstown in the southern part of the state, is a game that grew to become a worldwide phenomenon. From the food, to the music, and the celebrities, the traditions and history of this state are cherished.
The Texas A&M university is no different and there are many traditions and aspects of the culture here that have become famous. With the Aggies’ football season starting up, let’s take a look at some of the things this team and university are known for.
The 12th Man
The student body of Texas A&M is collectively known as "The 12th Man." This refers to their willingness to suit up at any moment and answer the call to play if needed. While this spirit may resonate with football teams across the country, it has a special place at this university due to a tale that goes back to the 1920s.
Back in 1922, Texas A&M was playing a competitive game against Centre College of which they were the underdog. With the game entering the later half, the Aggies were running thin on the players they had available and were worried they would need to find someone to fill in. Coach Dana X. Bible decided to find an eligible player to suit up in case they were needed.
He remembered student E. King Gill was in attendance but had since stopped playing football to focus on basketball. It took just a moment to convince Gill to get ready and he stood on the sidelines for the rest of the game waiting for his call to action. While Gill never actually played, his gesture was more than enough to become legend. Texas A&M has long since embodied the spirit of The 12th Man and they carry it with them to every home game.