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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 Commons

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 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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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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