The Tradition Of The Twelfth Man



Tradition and history are important parts of life on any college campus. So what makes Texas A&M University so special? The “Spirit of Aggieland” is said to be unmatched by any other college or university in the United States. Most traditions at Texas A&M are filled with the rich background of its Corps of Cadets, which for many years made up the entire student body at the College Station campus. However, when talking about traditions heard round the nation, two particular events come to mind: and The Bonfire.
began on January 1, 1922 in Dallas with the game against Center College in the Dixie Classic, a forerunner to the present day Cotton Bowl (Parks 108). Center College was favored ...

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but I didn't, all I did was stand by ready to go in case my team needed me (Parks No 4., 108)." Although he didn't play in that game, he was ready and able to go in and give it his best. This readiness to support the team inspired the rest of the Aggies, and to this day, every member of the student body stands through the entire game to tell the team, “We're here if you need us.”
Today, and everyday since 1922, the term Twelfth Man, has referred to every Aggie in the stands. The Twelfth Man is arguably the loudest most spirited crowd in College Football. Win, lose, or tie the Twelfth Man is there, part of the team, and like any other team member, the Twelfth Man has to practice too. That's why, the night before a home game, the Aggies gather in Kyle Field at midnight for Yell Practice ( Stradlater 221). When the game is an away game, Yell Practice is held at an appointed spot, still at midnight, in the city where the game is to be held. And like other team members, the Twelfth ...

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Aggie tackled him he picked the opponent's sweat towel and waved it as he ran around in celebration. The crowd went crazy, and started waving their own towels. The next time the team played, the Twelfth Man had their towels ready as if to say: Hey! Remember this. We're going to do it again. Twelfth Man towels have been waving ever since. Yet another tradition of the Twelfth Man is the Twelfth man kick off team. A member of the student body is chosen from the hundreds that apply to play on the defense when Aggies kick the ball. Always wearing the number 12 on his jersey, the twelfth man plays in the original spirit of E. King Gill (Turner 45).
The Twelfth Man is also a student ...

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