Texas defensive end Breckyn Hager (44) tackles OSU's Justice Hill in the third quarter at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater, Okla., on Saturday, October 1, 2016. DEBORAH CANNON / AMERICAN STATESMAN

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Texas DE Breckyn Hager apologizes for leaving before ‘The Eyes’

Posted October 3rd, 2016


Texas defensive end Breckyn Hager apologized on Monday for running off the field early ahead of his teammates and skipping the traditional post-game singing of “The Eyes of Texas.”

After Saturday’s 49-31 loss at Oklahoma State, Hager ran up the ramp, went by reporters standing on the stadium concourse and headed straight into the locker room.

“I’m sorry to all the fans for leaving the game early,” Hager told reporters before answering questions. “It wasn’t a conscious decision by any means. It was more so just frustration and emotions got too high.


“I know what Texas Fight means. I know it all,” he added. “My dad was actually mad at me after the game. I just wanted to clear that up. I’m really sorry about that and it’s not going to happen again. I promise.”

Hager’s dad, Britt, was an All-American linebacker at Texas in 1988. With long, stringy hair and a firebrand persona, Breckyn Hager is every bit the spitting image of his father.

After the OSU loss, Breckyn Hager was so emotional, he nearly broke down in tears. “I feel like as a team we’re underachieving. That’s not right,” Hager said. “I’m not a loser. I don’t want to be a loser.”

Contact Brian Davis at 512-445-3957. Email bdavis@statesman.com.

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