Maroon Out

Each football season, one game is specially designated for Aggie fans to “Maroon Out” as a way to build unity among the Aggie community. Maroon T-shirts are sold by Class Councils at low cost, encouraging Aggies to wear maroon to an upcoming football game.

The Maroon Out tradition began in 1998 when tens of thousands of Aggies attending the Texas A&M vs. Nebraska game were encouraged to wear their Aggie colors and create a sea of maroon in Kyle Field. So many maroon shirts were purchased that it led to a temporary national shortage of maroon T-shirts.

Even the Nebraska fans acknowledged after the game that the intensity of the Maroon Out spirit made a difference in the game leading to A&M's 28-21 victory. As The Daily Nebraskan expressed on October 12, 1998: "A game that was dubbed a 'maroon-out' for Texas A&M fans proved to be a lights out for Nebraska. The fans dressed themselves in maroon T-shirts in an attempt to wash out the red and white that opponents have gotten used to. It worked."

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Aggies Remember

To me, Maroon Out means taking part in something greater than yourself and believing that anything is possible. My freshman year, our football team wasn't having its best season, but the players, coaches, and fans worked together to keep that "Maroon Out Magic" alive and upset #1-ranked OU. It was an incredibly fun and inspiring moment as an Aggie.

- Laura Maskell ’06

Maroon Out marked a permanent and monumental shift in Aggie game-day attire. I remember that, before 1998, a photo of the A&M student section would be hard to distinguish from any other school’s where the students didn’t wear the school colors. It’s no coincidence, I think, that we won the conference championship in 1998 as the 12th Man turned out in a sea of maroon all season long.

- Todd Turner ’92