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Who Is Rhett?

How much do you really know about the lovable Boston University mascot?

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1. He Was Almost a Moose

In the 1917-18 school year, students voted on their favorite choice of mascot between a Boston Terrier and a Moose. Luckily, they chose correctly. "Boston University Moose" just doesn't have the same ring to it. And don't get us started on how to pluralize it...
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In the 1917-18 school year, students voted on their favorite choice of mascot between a Boston Terrier and a Moose. Luckily, they chose correctly. "Boston University Moose" just doesn't have the same ring to it. And don't get us started on how to pluralize it...

2. He Was Named After a Hollywood Icon

So, why is he called "Rhett" anyways? Our Terrier was named after the character Rhett in “Gone With the Wind,” released in 1939. In the film, Rhett is in love with the female lead, Scarlett (BU’s official color). The reason for his naming: Nobody loves Scarlet more than Rhett! Duh!
BU Today Staff / Via bu.edu

So, why is he called "Rhett" anyways? Our Terrier was named after the character Rhett in “Gone With the Wind,” released in 1939. In the film, Rhett is in love with the female lead, Scarlett (BU’s official color). The reason for his naming: Nobody loves Scarlet more than Rhett! Duh!

3. He's a Boston Terrier for a Very Good Reason

Fun Fact: The first Boston Terrier was first bred in America in 1869, the same year BU was chartered!
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Fun Fact: The first Boston Terrier was first bred in America in 1869, the same year BU was chartered!

4. He's a Rather Tall Dude

Unofficial estimates mark Rhett at 6’3" and 200 pounds.
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Unofficial estimates mark Rhett at 6’3" and 200 pounds.

5. He Has a Favorite Food

According to BU Athletics, “his favorite foods are corn dogs, hot dogs, chilli dogs and BC Eagles”
BU Today Staff / Via bu.edu

According to BU Athletics, “his favorite foods are corn dogs, hot dogs, chilli dogs and BC Eagles”

6. He's Reverse Aging

Seriously! In 2006, Rhett went from being grey to black & white. We should all be so lucky!
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Seriously! In 2006, Rhett went from being grey to black & white. We should all be so lucky!

7. Everybody Loves Him

Don't believe us? Rhett was named an All American Mascot in 1996, placed 4th in the National Mascot Championships in 2002 and named “Best School Mascot” in Boston in 2012.
Matt Lasek

Don't believe us? Rhett was named an All American Mascot in 1996, placed 4th in the National Mascot Championships in 2002 and named “Best School Mascot” in Boston in 2012.

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