The T-ring represents the total experience of being a Longhorn athlete and student. However, each individuals experience is different. For me, playing football and graduating from Texas was rewarding but difficult. My years as a student athlete were filled with discouraging moments, setbacks, and struggles.
Frank Denius in his book On the Way captures the essence of the T-ring for many recipients. He says "there is a purpose in our hardships, because they demand persistence and determination to overcome. Adversity and difficulty often draw out qualities in a person that otherwise might never be realized and incorporated into a useful live."
Many student athletes every year overcome obstacles and hardships to fulfill their dreams of graduating as a Longhorn Letterman. These Horns possess a special spirit, focused commitment, and a irrepressible passion to be a part of UT Sports history and a UT graduate.
As I look at my T-ring 47 years after earning it, Frank Denius words resonate with me. Looking into the burnt orange stone with the white 'T' in relief is like looking into a crystal ball that reflects my past instead of my future. My reflection in the T-Ring confirms that overcoming hardship is an important benchmark for a successful life journey and validates my "four long, hard, brutal years of work".
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