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Texas A&M Football Show: Hard-Earned Hardware

September 26, 2013
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HARD-EARNED HARDWARE

football players, like all Aggies,
enjoy the pride and accomplishment of Aggie Ring Day

by Will Johnson '01
Texas A&M Football Show

“Stepping on Kyle Field and getting my Aggie Ring...that’s probably the two biggest things I’ll remember for the rest of my life.”

- Clay Honeycutt

The Aggie Ring is one reason Texas A&M is truly unique.

Students earn their rings from the Association of Former Students by completing 90 hours and obtaining a high GPA.

Aggies cherish the day when they receive their coveted class ring. And it’s no different with our student-athletes.

Last week on the eve of the SMU game, five football players--Alex Freeman, Clay Honeycutt, Toney Hurd Jr, Brett Urbanowski and Jake Matthews—were given this symbol which shows how hard they have worked on this campus.

Coach Sumlin was on hand to present his players with their rings just before the team’s walk through.

 “It’s an honor,” Honeycutt said. “It’s such a blessing to finally put this ring on my finger after so many years. Now I’m able to wear a ring that my mom and my dad both have.”

“It’s truly something you have to focus and put a lot of determination into,” Hurd said. “But it’s something we greatly appreciate, receiving this Aggie Ring.”

While being a college student is no easy task in itself, the sacrifice of being a student-athlete makes getting the Aggie Ring even more meaningful. 

“It’s a great experience for us, man,” Hurd said. “We work hard in the classrooms, both on and off the field, and being a student-athlete I feel it’s a great achievement for us to receive these Aggie rings.”

“It’s been a challenge, and every athlete knows that,” Honeycutt said. “To do school and athletics at the same time, while trying to perform at a high level in both…it’s a struggle at times. But once you get that ring it makes it all worth it.”

While earning the ring means that time is growing short in Aggieland, these players can reflect on their greatest memories at Texas A&M.

“This day will be one of the top (days),” Honeycutt said. “Stepping on Kyle Field, getting my Aggie Ring, that’s probably the two biggest things I’ll remember for the rest of my life.”

“I feel like one of the best memories will be experiencing the 12th Man each and every day on game day,” Hurd said. “But also receiving this Aggie Ring is a great experience as well. I love each and every one of the traditions and it’s something I embrace.”

Even after the win over the Mustangs, Jake Matthews still new this achievement was as big as any victory on the field.

“I’m just real honored to have it,” Matthews said. “To think about the fraternity I’m part of now, and the Aggie Network, it really is something special. To think of all the work that went into it…I’m just proud to be a part of it and real honored to have it right now.”

Hard work on the field and in the classroom has lead these five players to stand together and wear one of the most recognizable Aggie symbols in the world.

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