Emilie Jacobs '22 April 22, 2022 9:01 AM updated: May 16, 2022 8:16 AM
In October 2013, Will Fisher '11 and friend Ben Thompson ’11 were enjoying a day riding motorcycles in and around Brazos County when a car failed to yield and struck Fisher.
“The light turns green, I start to go, and the person in the oncoming turn lane goes as well. They failed to yield and t-boned me,” he said. “They crushed my left leg. I went [and] hit the windshield, bounced off, and rolled a bit, and while rolling, my [Aggie] Ring flew off.”
Fisher’s bike was totaled and he suffered a broken leg. “The doctors had to put rods, screws, and pins in my leg, knee, and ankle so that the bone fragments would regrow back together. It took awhile to relearn how to walk, and I’m still dealing with the after effects of the accident,” he said. He credits wearing protective gear for saving his life.
Bystanders who witnessed the accident helped with the search, hoping to find his beloved Aggie gold. Unfortunately, it was never found. “My guess is it’s probably at the bottom of a water tank or in the sewer,” Fisher said.
Years passed, and in 2021, he proposed to Caitlin Carroll. While not an Aggie herself, she knew the importance of the Aggie Ring, and decided to gift him with a replacement. On their wedding day, Fisher's bride-to-be revealed a brand new Aggie Ring.
Fisher was overcome with emotion. When Carroll pulled the small maroon box from behind her back, he burst into tears immediately, knowing what was inside.
Deciding to include this surprise on their wedding day was important to his bride. “She understood that the Aggie Ring is more than just a Ring to Aggies worldwide, not just me," Fisher said. "Also, she knows that as something special, I lost it, and because of that, she wanted to make sure I had it before I finish up my Ph.D.”
Fisher said, “On the surface, it reminds me of my time in Aggieland, as a cadet in the Corps, all the things I did and the people I met. It is also a symbol of accomplishment. I graduated from the best university. It was hard, but I did it, and I’m proud of that. On a larger scope, it means I’m part of a special family. I've met Ags in places all over the world, and the identifier is the Ring. We talk about similarities and differences in our time, and laugh about how things have changed, especially if they’re former cadets. Overall, it means I’m an Aggie, and that’s a lot.”
Fisher graduated from Texas A&M with a bachelor's in history in 2011 and a master’s in sociology in 2014. Will and his wife live in Lexington, Kentucky, where he attends the University of Kentucky pursuing a Ph.D.
The Association of Former Students oversees the order and delivery of more than 15,000 Rings a year. The Aggie Ring is a significant achievement in an Aggies academic career and The Association has the privilege of upholding the integrity of the coveted Aggie Ring. To learn more about the Aggie Ring, please visit AggieNetwork.com/Ring.