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TIGER KICKOFF: Some things to know about Texas

Thursday, November 10, 2011 | 11:30 p.m. CST

Location: Austin, Texas (795 miles southwest of Columbia by car, 674 miles as the crow flies)

Enrollment: 51,145 (combined undergraduate and graduate)

No, that's not "I've Been Working on the Railroad" you're hearing

It's Texas' alma mater, "The Eyes of Texas." Penned in 1903 by student John Sinclair, the song is set to the tune of "I've Been Working on the Railroad" and even has the same second line — so it's easy to understand how some might be confused.

The eyes of Texas are upon you/All the live long day

The title of the song is in reference to former university president William Prather, who, to the delight of the students, used the line "The eyes of Texas are upon you" to conclude all of his speeches.

Check out "The Eyes of Texas" on YouTube to hear the song.

Football Factory

Currently, there are 48 NFL players that went to Texas, by far the most of any current Big 12 school. Notable former Longhorns include Cincinnati Bengals running back Cedric Benson, Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles, Cleveland Browns quarterback Colt McCoy, Green Bay Packers tight end Jermichael Finley and Washington Redskins linebacker Brian Orakpo.

Oklahoma is next in the Big 12 with 27 current NFL players. Texas A&M and Kansas State each have 16, Missouri has 15, Oklahoma State has 13, Baylor has 10, Texas Tech has nine, Kansas has seven and Iowa State has three.


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