Bevo XIII dead at 22
AUSTIN, Texas -- Bevo XIII, the winningest and longest-serving mascot in University of Texas history, died Monday, Oct. 9 at the age of 22. He died less than 48 hours after the Longhorns defeated the Oklahoma Sooners, 28-10, in the 2006 edition of the Red River Rivalry.
Originally named Sunrise Express, Bevo XIII was born in February 1984 and became the UT mascot in 1988, serving for 16 years. A national grand champion steer before he was four years old, he was loaned to The University by John and Betty Baker, owners of Sunrise Ranch in Liberty Hill, Texas.
His career as Bevo carried him to both coasts and to both the 2000 and 2004 inaugurations of President George W. Bush.
Bevo XIII's career inspired the Silver Spurs to create the Bevo Endowment, which supports the Neighborhood Longhorns program, endows scholarships to deserving University of Texas students, and provides for the future care of all Bevos. The Bevo Endowment has raised nearly $2 million toward these charitable causes.
Bevo XIII will be memorialized in the new Silver Spurs Bevo Center which will be dedicated on Friday, Nov. 3. The center, located on the east side of Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium, will contain pictures and stories of each Bevo to serve The University of Texas.