TCU coach Gary Patterson honors rock star Tom Petty after his death

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Tom Petty died Monday at age 66, and his death was especially signifiant for TCU and coach Gary Patterson.

The Horned Frogs have used the phrase “Don’t Back Down” as one of their mottos for years. It’s a reference to Petty’s famous song, “I Won’t Back Down,” which also plays at the beginning of the fourth quarter of every TCU home football game.

On Tuesday morning, Patterson thanked Petty for his music and the impact that mantra has had on the program.

The Frogs adopted “Don’t Back Down” as its motto for the 2009 season. When the No. 4-ranked Frogs unveiled brand new uniforms for their game against No. 16 Utah that season, the phrase was stitched on the inside of the collar on each jersey.

The phrase is still on the team’s pyramid of goals each year, and it’s on the wall of the TCU indoor practice facility too.

Tom Petty’s music was truly transcendent in a way that everyone can acknowledge. For TCU fans and Gary Patterson, his death means something a little bit different. The Frogs are connected to the rock star, but America mourns his passing together.

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