25th Anniversary Valero Alamo Bowl Fun Facts

In need of some fun facts relating to this year’s game and our two schools? We’ve got you covered.

  • There are THREE San Antonio natives suiting up between TCU and Stanford to play in front of family and friends. TCU Linebacker Ty Summers went to Reagan High School, Stanford Long Snapper Richard McNitzky went to MacArthur High School, and Stanford Strong Safety Joe McGrath went to Alamo Heights High School.
  • The TCU duo of Ben Banogu & Mat Boesen has the most combined sacks in the nation by a pair of teammates (and roommates).
  • The Valero Alamo Bowl will be the fifth Stanford game played indoors. 1977 at Tulane (Superdome), 1978 Bluebonnet Bowl vs. Georgia (Astrodome), 1979 at Tulane (Superdome), 2011 Fiesta Bowl vs. Oklahoma State (University of Phoenix Stadium).
  • Stanford’s team name is “Cardinal”, referring to the vivid red color (not the common songbird as at several other schools), and the university has never been able to come up with an official mascot.
  • There are 30 players currently in the NFL who are Stanford alums.
  • Other famous Stanford alumni include golfer Tiger Woods, actress Reese Witherspoon, and former president John F. Kennedy.
  • Stanford students have won medals in every Olympic Games since 1908, winning 244 Olympic medals total, 129 of them gold. In the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, Stanford won more Olympic medals than any other university in the United States.
  • NFL Quarterback Andy Dalton of the Cincinnati Bengals is a TCU alum.
  • Almost half of the student body that goes to TCU is from out of state.
  • Ever drive around the TCU campus and wonder why all the buildings look so similar? TCU makes sure that all brick buildings are a special golden color, known as “TCU buff.”
  • TCU became the “Horned Frogs” in 1887. What was the other option for their team mascot? The Cactus.

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