The Spirit of Aggieland

Cedrick MorrisonCorrespondent IAugust 23, 2009

Some may boast of prowess bold, of the school they think so grand.

But there is a spirit that can never be told, it is the spirit of Aggieland.

Indeed, there is an unmistakable aura surrounding College Station and the University they hold so dear.

An ambiance that engulfs the community so invigorating that even Texas fans are forced to appreciate upon every visit.

What is it about Texas A&M that makes it such a special place?

To start with, you'd be hard pressed to find a school anywhere as rich in traditions as the Aggies. From the 12th Man, born in 1922 when the Aggies, led by coach Dana Bible, were playing Centre College, the number one ranked team at the time.

As the Aggies were being decimated by injuries, E. King Gill, a former player was called upon to suit up and stand ready in case he was needed to play. 

As the game ended, Gill was the last man standing on the sideline and went on to say "I wish I could have ran in and scored the winning touchdown but I didn't. I simply got ready and waited—just in case I was needed."

That spirit of readiness for service has since grown vigorously throughout the years and has gone on to identify with the entire student body of Texas A&M, exuberantly passionate and everlastingly supportive of their beloved Aggies.

From the midnight yell to the famous "Maroon Out" of Kyle Field, there is simply no place like College Station.

Speaking of Kyle Field, there may not be a better place in the nation to watch a football game, no matter the fortunes of the team in any given year.

When they all lock shoulders and sing "The Aggie War Hymn" it literally looks and feels as if the entire stadium is rocking back and forth.

As tradition rich as A&M is combined with it's illustrious history, deep resources, rich alumni, and status as the 2nd largest University in Texas, it perplexes me why they can not seem to elevate themselves among the nations elite on the football field.

One thing is for certain, A&M is a sleeping giant. One it's student body, alumni, and supporters are desperate to unleash.

As for me I hope they stay nestled in their slumber, I for one know what kind of damage the beast can do if woken up.

As a Longhorn, that's an imposition I'd rather not have to endure.   

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