Dec. 8, 2012: Redshirt freshman quarterback Johnny Manziel became the first freshman to win the Heisman Trophy. He is the second Aggie to receive the award, after John David Crow in 1957.
Manziel threw for 3,706 yards and 26 touchdowns during the season. He also rushed for 1,410 yards and 21 touchdowns. He broke the SEC record for total offense in a single game against Arkansas that year when he recorded 453 yards passing and 104 yards rushing for a total of 557. He also broke the NCAA record for most total yards of offense in a season with 5,116.
Dec. 8, 1975: Earnest R. "Bubba" Bean was on the cover of Sports Illustrated magazine. He was the first Aggie to be featured on the cover.
Dec. 8, 1998: Dat Nguyen, A&M linebacker, became the first Aggie to win the Lombardi Award, which annually goes to the best lineman or linebacker in college football. He was also a first-team All-American linebacker and led A&M to the Big 12 title during his senior year. Nguyen holds the A&M record for career tackles with 517. He also won the Bednarik Award, which goes to the top defensive player in the country.
Dec. 8, 2006: Students gathered at the steps of Rudder Tower to say goodbye to outgoing A&M president Robert Gates as he left his campus office for the last time. Gates resigned from his position to assume an appointment as U.S. secretary of defense.
Students sang The Spirit of Aggieland and shared stories of how they met the president.
"I can't tell you how much you all mean to me and how big a part of my life you have become, and I will miss you forever," Gates said, according to The Eagle.
Gates' ended the informal ceremony with the parting words of "Beat the hell outta terrorism!"