Cadet Saves Football Mascot Dog from Getting Trampled

“I’m just doing my job … first thing that comes to my mind, I have to protect her… I made sure they weren’t going to hit her,” Ryan Kreider said.


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Reveille VIII, the mascot for Texas A&M, nearly got crushed by a player that got shoved out of bounds in Saturday’s game.  Thankfully, a cadet standing nearby saw what was about to happen and jumped in front of the Collie.

Strangely enough, the best block of the whole game happened off the field.  (Though based on the 58-6 score, SMU certainly wasn’t making any.)  Rev was hanging out on the sidelines at the Aggies game when defensive back Nick Harvey knocked SMU wide receiver Der’rikk Thompson out of bounds.  Thompson’s momentum had him heading toward the wall Reveille VIII was lying down in front of.

Rev had been relaxing on her dog bed, being cooled off by a large fan that had been placed next to her.  When Thompson nearly blindsided her, Cadet Ryan Kreider dove in front of her and stopped her from being trampled.



“I’m just doing my job,” he said. “I see a receiver coming by… a little bit of an overthrow by the quarterback… coming straight towards Rev… first thing that comes to my mind, I have to protect her… football instincts took over, went ahead and lowered the shoulder, and I made sure they weren’t going to hit her.”

Rev is the eighth in a long line of mascots dating back to Reveille I in 1931.  These dogs are dearly cherished, and as evidenced by Kreider’s move, greatly protected.

“Reveille, the first lady of Aggieland, is the official mascot of Texas A&M University. She is the highest ranking member of the Corps of Cadets being the only bearer of five silver diamonds… Reveille is the most revered dog on campus. Company E-2 has the privilege of taking care of Reveille. If she is sleeping on a cadet’s bed, that cadet must sleep on the floor. Cadets address Reveille as ‘Miss Rev, ma’am.’ If she is in class and barks while the professor is teaching, the class is to be immediately dismissed.”


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51 thoughts on “Cadet Saves Football Mascot Dog from Getting Trampled

  1. Pet lovers are the best people. God blessed you with the ability to love! Even if it’s species with fur and four legs!

  2. Uh sorry but they (the school);should not use a dog in the arena for games, as mascot away from it sure. In my judgement it was but thanks to the cadet in making sure that the dog didn’t get hurt otherwise we’d be hearing about this message in another format where the dog is not so lucky. Anyhow I love dogs and I want another so bad again soon because I miss the cuddles and the unconditional love.

  3. I heard that the Corps Commandant is buying that corpsman his senior boots (very expensive) for the selfless act. Whoop!

  4. Saw the save, which was awesome. However, it was WAY too hot for Rev to be out on that field Saturday, even with the fan. They should take her out for an appearance now and then but keep her inside where it’s cool the rest of the time. She looked so hot.

  5. Get the dog off the sidelines. Whatever happened to thinking about safety — instead of unnecessary heroics?

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