This gesture was more than enough for the Aggie Team. Although Gill did not play in the game, he had accepted the call to help his team. He came to be thought of as the Twelfth Man because he stood ready for duty in the event that the eleven men on the gridiron needed assistance. That spirit of readiness for service, desire to support, and enthusiasm helped kindle a flame of devotion among the entire student body; a spirit that has grown vigorously throughout the years. The entire student body at A&M is the Twelfth Man, and they stand during the entire game to show their support. The 12th Man is always in the stands waiting to be called upon if they are needed.
This tradition took on a new look in the 1980's when Coach Jackie Sherrill started the 12th Man Kick-Off Team composed of regular students through open tryouts. This 12th Man team performed very well and held opponents to one of the lowest yards per return averages in the league. Later, Head Coach R.C. Slocum changed the team to allow only one representative of the 12th Man on the kick off team. The 12th Man tradition also took musical form. The 12th Man sings this song after each game in which the Aggies are outscored.
Person 2: "Because we are ready to play for Our team if needed"
Person 1: "I dont get it"
Person 2: We are all the 12th Man of the Team!"
Bill Belichick: "Oh, thats just the 12th Man. The New York Giants are alloted an extra player on offense so that Eli Manning does not get sidetracked while playing."
When the away team is backed up near the goal post, the 12th man makes a lot of noise, making it hard to communicate and for the lineman to hear the snap count.