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Is Texas A&M’s Claim to the “12th Man” Trademark Legit?

Whether or not you’re one the many alumni or fans of Texas A&M in Greater Houston, you’re probably aware of the school’s “12th Man” tradition. It stems from a legendary football game in 1922 – or does it? Texas Monthly writer John Nova Lomax recently tried to sort out the facts from the myth in […]

12th Man Sign Kyle Field Texas A&M - Kipp Jones Wikipedia CommonsWhether or not you’re one the many alumni or fans of Texas A&M in Greater Houston, you’re probably aware of the school’s “12th Man” tradition. It stems from a legendary football game in 1922 – or does it?

Texas Monthly writer John Nova Lomax recently tried to sort out the facts from the myth in response to some claims that A&M shouldn’t, in fact, be entitled to the trademark.

He tells Michael Hagerty the tradition started with an infamous football game in 1922 and a student named E. King Gill. But the term was in use long before that. So, should Texas A&M be able to claim the trademark as its own?

(Above: The “Home of the 12th Man” trademarked slogan on display at Texas A&M’s Kyle Field. Photo: Kipp Jones, Wikipedia Commons)

MORE: The 12th Man Tradition (Texas Monthly, March 5, 2016)

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