The 12th Man

By Ryan Peterson - bio | email

TYLER, TEXAS (KLTV) -  He was responsible for one of the greatest traditions in college football.  Now you can read about it in his book 'No Experience Required.'  Sherrill started the tradition of the "12th Man Kickoff Team," an all-volunteer, non scholarship group of Texas A&M students recruited to return kickoffs at A&M home games.  The Kickoff Team often lead the nation with the fewest return yards allowed.

Sherrill was the guest speaker at the Tyler Smith County A&M Club Coach's Night at Green Acres Baptist Church.  He was all smiles when talking about his time at Texas A&M and the tradition of the "12th Man."

"When we started it, people around the country said no way," said Sherrill.  "You can't take kids out of the student body and put them on the field and go and cover kickoffs against the likes of Tim Brown and Bo Jackson and people like that. There were people who didn't think it would work out. I had no reservations."