By 5 p.m. Monday, Reveille VIII made it known she was finished with the media for the day with a rare bark just five minutes into an interview. The long day started at 4 a.m. with a trip to Houston for an interview on Fox & Friends, but she wasn't the one doing the talking.
The First Lady of Aggieland's spotlight traveled up the leash to her handler, Ryan Kreider, who delivered a potentially life-saving sideline nudge to SMU wide receiver Der'rick Thompson during the second quarter of the Aggies-Mustangs matchup in Dallas on Saturday. Kreider maintains he was simply carrying out his duties as mascot corporal in the Texas A&M Corps of Cadets and protecting her, but the sophomore from College Station quickly became the water cooler talk of the country.
In less than 48 hours since the hit, Kreider said he gained more than 1,500 Twitter followers, appeared on a national talk show and conducted numerous local and regional print and radio interviews. During that time, Corps of Cadets Commandant Brig. Gen. Joe Ramirez said he will pay for Kreider's senior boots, and Kreider will receive upperclassman cadet privileges. An unnamed fan told Ramirez he will pay for Kreider's Aggie ring.
"I thought that this young man deserves something special for what he did on a national television audience," Ramirez said. "I told him these aren't just from me, but every Aggie all over the globe who is proud of what you did."
Reveille mostly yawned while the cameras and microphones focused primarily on him, Kreider said. He has enjoyed all the honors and recognition, but all he has wanted since Saturday is a nap.
"When I first heard that, I don't feel like I deserve that, but at the same time I feel really grateful just because Aggies really appreciate what I did even if I just thought I was doing my job," he said. "Either way, it was going to end up in the news. It could have ended really bad. I'm glad I was paying attention and redirected that big guy over to the sideline."
Kreider learned to keep his head on a swivel as a wide receiver for A&M Consolidated High School, and, according to Texas A&M physics professor Bill Bassichis, his football instincts transformed him into a one-man Reveille Secret Service unit.
"The handler was intensely clever," Bassichis said. "He must have taken one of my courses."
Bassichis said the Conservation of Momentum rule came into play when Thompson stumbled across the sideline with a velocity of about eight meters per second, meaning the momentum lost by object one, Thompson, is equal to the momentum gained by object two, Kreider.
Kreider was able to match Thompson's velocity by throwing a shoulder into him at a 30-degree angle with enough force to send the 5-foot-10, 186-pound receiver away.
"He accelerated himself up to his velocity, which was rather amazing," Bassichis said.
If Kreider stepped directly into Thompson, Kreider's story would have had a different ending.
"If he threw himself into him along the same line, they would have both plowed into her at about four meters per second, and it probably would have killed her," Bassichis said. "He did exactly what he had to do."
Doing what he had to do is what earned Kreider his current celebrity status, and Ramirez said he wouldn't expect anything less out of Kreider or the rest of the cadets.
"He did exactly what our handler is supposed to do, and that's care for our mascot," Ramirez said. "All of us are extremely proud of Ryan and what he did for our mascot on Saturday and couldn't be prouder of what he did and what he stands for. He exemplifies the very best of what Aggies are all about."
According to Kreider, being the queen she is, Reveille responded to her handler saving her life and the national attention because of it with equal indifference.
"If you watched closely, she noticed me block the guy but about three seconds later she went back to napping," he said.
Kreider's final interview for the day wrapped up around 6 p.m. Monday. But after 14 hours at his side, Reveille's bark told the watchful handler it should have ended much earlier.
"I would definitely say she's tired," he said. "It's been a long day."