"The 1st of the 12th Man''
When Jesus began his ministry, at the age of 30, he chose two fishermen who were mending their father's nets. Scripture says that Jesus called to Peter and his brother, Andrew, saying, "Come, follow me and I will make you fishers of men!" They did and He did. Peter had no formal education, yet he was used by the Holy Spirit to preach and write powerfully. Not perfect at all, Peter denied Christ, just as he had been told and he caught a number men into a life of eternal beauty. He was inspired by the Holy Spirit to write two tiny, yet mighty, books in the New Testament. I have a favorite chapter that I want to share now. In 1 Peter 1, starting with verse 6 "In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. 7 These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. 8 Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, 9 for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls. 12 Concerning this salvation, the prophets, who spoke of the grace that was to come to you, searched intently and with the greatest care, 11 trying to find out the time and circumstances to which the Spirit of Christ in them was pointing when he predicted the sufferings of the Messiah and the glories that would follow. 12 It was revealed to them that they were not serving themselves but you, when they spoke of the things that have now been told you by those who have preached the gospel to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven.Even angels long to look into these things."
Peter, Andrew and the others selected by our Lord, were the original "12th Man", they were "in the fight" for the souls of mankind from the very beginning and not for their glory, but for victory of us all, victory eternal. Aggies understand the tradition of "ready when called upon". It is that undying fervor for what is best that makes striving for it worthwhile. "WE are the AGGIES, the Aggies are WE!" Not perfect, but pretty close, donchaknow.