Sorry, A&M Fans: The UT Tower Wasn’t Lit Up for Johnny Football
On Saturday night, following Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel’s Heisman win, some Aggies got so carried away by their excitement that they saw the man called “Johnny Football” everywhere.
The University of Texas’s December graduation also took place on Saturday. It’s the university’s tradition to light the clock tower orange, with the windows lit to form the class year of the graduates. So Saturday night, the clock tower bore a giant 12, in honor of the 2012 graduating class.
But some Aggies who saw the tower thought the light had a maroon hue, and that the 12 represented the “12th Man” – that piece of A&M lore about an extra player ready to take to the gridiron if need be.
So many Aggies mistakenly believed the tower’s display to be a show of camaraderie from a former rival, and took to Twitter to post photos and express their appreciation. Here’s a quick round-up, powered by Storify:
Manziel led his team to a 6-2 conference record (and 10-2 overall) in A&M’s first season of SEC play, including a win over top-ranked Alabama. He is the first freshman and second Aggie to win a Heisman.
Texas A&M will battle it out with the University of Oklahoma in the Cotton Bowl, Jan. 4.