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Farmers fight! Aggie yells date back to 1896

Farmers fight! Aggie yells date back to 1896

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A&M's first yell dates back to 1896, according to Henry Dethloff's book Texas A&M University: A Pictorial History, 1876-1996:

Rah! Rah! Rah!

Hi! Ho! Ha!


Boom! Cis! Bah!


Five yell leaders continue all these years later to spread out on the sidelines in front of the 12th Man to lead the Aggies, as they have for more than 100 years. Yell Leaders use hand signals – or "pass backs" – to signal the yell.

Some yells evolve, sounding different to visiting former students. (Example: The extended "essss" sound in the "Aggies" yell.)

"Each yell leader group adds a little flavor," says Ronnie McDonald, who was a yell leader in 1992. "Some of them want to go old school, so they'll look at old film and see how the old yell leaders used to do it. You have guys like Bill Youngkin who work with the yell leaders to make sure they're holding the basic traditions."

Each academic class also has its own ending to a yell, or "wildcat."


Sophomore: A-A-A-A-A!

Junior: A-A-A-WHOOP!

Senior: A-WHOOP!

Here are the Aggie yells:

Gig 'em

• Pass back: Closed fist with thumb pointed straight up


Gig 'em, Aggies!


• Pass Back: Hands flat, with index fingers and thumbs touching to form an "A"




Fight 'em, Aggies!

Farmers Fight

• Pass back: Closed fists rotating around each other in alternating directions

Farmers fight!

Farmers fight!

Fight! Fight!

Farmers, farmers fight!

Military (originated in 1914)

• Pass back: saluting motion

Squads left! squads right!

Farmers, farmers, we're all right!

Load, ready, aim, fire, BOOM!

(Seniors only) Reload!

(All) A&M, give us room!

Old Army (originated in 1939)

• Pass back: Upward pointed finger moves in circular motion

Aaaa, Rrrr, Mmmm, Yyyy (Drop voice)

Tttt, Aaaa, Mmmm, Cccc (Drop voice)


Ol’ Army fight!

Locomotive (originated in 1914)

• Pass back: Hand looks to be pulling a train whistle, reaching upward and twisting on downward motion


Rah! Rah! Rah! Rah!



Rah! Rah! Rah! Rah!


(very fast)

Rah! Rah! Rah! Rah!


(Seniors only) Whoop!

(All) Aaaaaaa

Rah! Rah! Rah! Team!

Kyle Field

• Pass back: Left hand raised with waving motion, right hand at your side with index finger pointing to the ground




Kyle Field, Aaaa

Sky Rocket

• Pass back: Slap hands together with right hand moving upward and index finger pointed to the sky



Rah Rah Team Aaaaaaa

Beat the Hell

• Pass back: Left arm clapping bicep, right arm pulling up, fist clenched

Beat the hell outta (whoever the Aggies are playing that week)!

Fifteen for Team

The yell originally included 15 “rahs,” Charles W. Crawford, class of 1915, said in an October 1967 article in The Battalion. “It was shortened to nine then to three,” he said.

• Pass back: Showing a hand three times; followed by a "T" motion similar to a "time out" signal

Rah! Rah! Rah! Team!

Horse Laugh (originated in 1914)

• This yell is used when the 12th Man perceives the referees to have made a bad call. Aggies don't “boo,” they “hiss.”

• Pass back: Hands with fingers straight are held palms together, and then hands move back and forth in a pointing motion

Riffety, riffety, riff-raff!

Chiffity, chiffity, chiff-chaff!

Riff-raff! Chiff-chaff!

Let’s give 'em a horse laugh:



• Pass Back: Hands form a "T," like a "time out" symbol

T-E-A-M, T-E-A-M


Team! Team! Team!

Bus Driver

• Pass Back: Hands at 10 and 2 in front of you as if you were driving a car.

Fans yell "Sit down, bus driver!" when the coach of the opposing team is holding up the game by complaining to officials.

— Compiled by Claire Heathman

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