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Becoming a Longhorn Fan...

It wasnt until about four years ago that I really became a solid Longhorns fan. To get where I am at today might have been seen as a bit of a turmoiled past and even somewhat of a rebellious way of going against a family deep in the territory of the terrible enemy to the north. I never gave much of a thought to one team or school or another growing up in north Texas as most did either being an Aggie or a Longhorn by birthright and whatever you were in elementary school would have either fit you into the in crowd or made you the outcast if you were part of the wrong family. I just went with whatever those around me claimed to be. My senior year of high school I really tried to choose a school I thought I would like and fit in at and found UT to be somewhere I liked alot, but not really a place where I felt any sort of kinmanship towards. Thus, I never went to school there. Being raised in the Fort Worth area, most around me at that point had ties to about anywhere in the land that you could think of. One player on my senior football team was even being recruited by OU. (not that it had anything to do with how I personally felt about any university one way or the other) Once in the Army, I really began to delve away form what those around me were doing and began to make my own opinions on what l liked and what I didnt like. I ended up being stationed in Hawaii and there was a mail clerk in my barracks who happened to be an OU fan, this was in 2003, during the not-so-recent-drought where UT lost to OU in five straight seasons before the Great VY ended the run in the 2005 season. His constant banter about OU kept fueling my fire brighter and brighter towards Longhorns affirmation. It didnt hurt that along the way the Longhorns have been a very loveable team in terms of personality, coaching, seeing players give back to the comunity and doing their very best to give 'Horns fans a reason to trust their abilities. Once the ball was rolling it just kept gaining speed and momentum. Jumping a few more years ahead to Iraq, I then realized that just being a fan wasnt enough. Loving a University or a team is one thing, however its also something to actually be knowlegable that one can attend and offer to try and help in anyway possible. Thats precisely what I decided to do. I may not ever be the biggest, fastest, strongest, or most athletic person to ever have a dream, but dreaming takes courage, and acting on that dream takes heart.  So I may not have been born a Longhorns fan, or even in Texas. You cant choose where you are born; but you can choose where you go, what you do, where you are from. I am from Texas. Texas is my home. So in a nutshell I have a pretty unique time finding out who I am. Since I am new here, and just found this site not but about an hour ago, I thought Id share my commonality with those of you on the board and how it came to be. There is definately one thing Texas fans know; patience. I hope to get to know this site well and those of you who care enough to read this and or respond, maybe share a little bit about how you became a Longhorns fan too.

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