Texas A&M

Traditions

12th Man

The tradition of the twelfth man was made in 1922 when the Aggies were playing Centre College and getting a lot of injuries. Coach Dana had to find replacements wherever he could, and ended up bringing in a former squad member. Although he didn't play, E. King Gill inspired the players. He was the only replacement waiting on the sidelines. He became known as the twelfth man. In the 1980's, Coach Jackie Sherrill started the twelfth man kick off team. The concept of the twelfth man eventually turned into a tradition.

Reveille

Reveille is a dog and p the official mascot for Texas A&M. The first Reveille was hit by a group of cadets on their way home from Navasota. They picked her up and took her in. She began barking when "Reveille" was blown by a bugler, so they named her after it. She was named the official mascot for the next football season. She is the most revered dog on campus. If she is sleeping in a cadet's bed, the cadet has to sleep somewhere else. If she barks during class, then the class is dismissed.

The Aggie Ring

The Aggie ring is one of the most symbolic of all the traditions of Texas A&M. You have to get 90 hours (45 have to be at A&M). The class of 1889 started the tradition and only a few changes have been made. On top, there is a shield that epresents the desire to protect A&M' reputation, the 13 stripes represent the first 13 states, the 5 starts represent the phases of a student. There is also an eagle which represents ability and power and reaching great heights, a star for the Lone Star State. The wreath around the star represents peace, the live oak represents strength, and two leaves are connected which represents that you have to connect those two traits to reach a goal. On the other side is a saber, an ancient cannon, and a rifle. The saber represents valor and confidence, and the rifle and cannon show preparedness and defense. The crossed U.S and Texas flags represent their loyalty to nation and state.