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Ok, so, I had to compress this picture quite a bit, so although it might seem small, I have a pretty fun story behind it.

This picture is me, in May of 2008, about to board a plane that would eventually take me from Iraq, to Kuwait, Germany, Maine, and eventually back to DFW. The flag on my back was sent to me in a care package by my grandmother, hung up in my can and occasionally carried on convoys. Immediately after this, it would unfortunately get a lot dirtier when I staged the backpack next to the C-130, and the Californians who were tossing and loading our stuff didn't know what a good flag was if it slapped them in the face.

Anyway, 3 shorts months later, I was enrolled at UNT, living in the best dorm ever (Kerr), and watching UNT play through a 1-11 season. And since the one UNT win that year was on the road (if I recall correctly), I didn't even get to see it!

Anyway, after having muddled through some terrible seasons during my time at UNT, I sent this to Rick Villarreal last year, with a note about this story. I wanted UNT to have it because I feel like we are as legitimate in Texas as any other team and any other institution. Especially during games like this weekend, I wanted UNT to know that we have every bit as much right to claim Texas as our state as all of the big traditional powerhouses. When I see a Texas flag, I'm not thinking about UT, or A&M, or anybody else. I'm thinking about UNT.

I inquired about my flag a few months ago to Rick, and he informed me that it's hanging up in Coach McCarney's office, much to my delight. Go Mean Green!

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