The Pride of Aggieland
Spirit and Football at a Place Like No Other
College Histories
8.25 x 10.5, 192 pp.
100 color photos., 40 b&w photos.
Pub Date: 09/05/2002
  cloth
Price:        $24.95

978-0-7607-3257-1

Published by Silver Lining Books

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The Pride of Aggieland

Spirit and Football at a Place Like No Other

By Homer Jacobs

Few schools, if any, have undergone the transformation of Texas A&M University. Founded in 1876 as a land-grant college for men interested in agricultural and mechanical studies, Texas A&M today is a powerhouse of 44,000 men and women, studying on the largest college campus in the country.

The Pride of Aggieland shows on every page that Texas A&M is about much more than statistics and buildings. It is all about spirit, camaraderie, and lasting friendships. It is about patriotism— true, deep patriotism, a love of country that is palpable not only in the school’s famed Corps of Cadets but throughout the student body. It is about a far-reaching respect for tradition, fellow students, and family values.

Aggie spirit is all about backing your teams whether they win or lose. It’s about incredible sportsmanship, which to Aggies means no booing. Not when the home team fumbles the ball, not to rattle the visiting team, either.

Texas A&M is all about traditions like Aggie Muster, Silver Taps, Midnight Yell Practice, the mascot Reveille, the 12th Man. It’s about a place where 85 percent of the students buy a school ring. It’s about Yell Leaders and the spectacular Fightin’ Texas Aggie Band. It’s about a student body deeply hurt by the Bonfire tragedy, yet able to pull together in comfort and friendship. It’s about the Red, White, and Blue Out, when a small group of determined students filled a stadium with “Standing for America” T-shirts just 11 days after the tragedy of September 11.

HOMER JACOBS, class of '87, is magazine editor for the 12th Man Foundation, which supports education through athletics. Jacobs, who has covered A&M football as a magazine writer since 1992, lives in College Station, Texas.

What Readers Are Saying:

“They said it couldn’t be done! ‘No one can fully explain Texas A&M to the satisfaction of other Aggies and certainly not to outsiders.’ Well, prepare to eat those words. In less than 200 pages and with more than 100 striking photos, Homer Jacobs has told the story of Texas A&M so that even the proudest Aggie will be pleased and the most jaded A&M opponent can grasp the enormity and significance of Aggieland.” --Texas Aggie

“. . .would make a fine gift for the Aggie on your list.” --Abilene Reporter News

“Whether describing Texas A&M’s many revered traditions from Silver Taps to Muster to Midnight Yell Practice, interviewing some of the University’s special people, or reviewing the football team’s greatest seasons, Jacobs catches the spirit, the pride, and the uniqueness that makes Aggieland a place like no other.” --Diamondbacks Magazine

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