COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — Texas A&M and the Seattle Seahawks have extended a deal allowing the NFL team's limited use of the university's “12th Man” trademark to describe fans.
The school says the Seahawks will no longer use “12th Man” references on social media or on the Ring of Honor at CenturyLink Field.
Texas A&M secured the trademark in 1990, and reached an agreement with the Seahawks in 2006 after the university sued.
The Aggies trace the “12th Man” to 1922 when student E. King Gill came out of the stands to help the injury-plagued roster. Gill never took the field, but the story came to signify fan commitment to the team.
Both sides announced the five-year agreement Thursday.