Matthew McConaughey Pens Touching Thank You Message to Texas Athletes Who Competed in 2020 Tokyo Olympics

by Matthew Memrick

In a touching social media message late Sunday night, actor Matthew McConaughey thanked Texas athletes who competed in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

McConaughey, a possible Texas gubernatorial candidate, took to Twitter as the Olympics wrapped up in Tokyo. 

“To (Texas-Austin) athletes past and present that competed in the Tokyo Olympics,” the actor said. “Thank you for representing the Texas Longhorns on the biggest stage and making us proud.”

He then referenced the team’s “HookEm” horns moniker, asking fans to keep those horns high.

Matthew McConaughey joined the Texas faculty in the Department of Radio-Television-Film in the fall of 2019. He was working as a visiting instructor since 2015.

Matthew McConaughey Thanks Texas Athletes 

Matthew McConaughey and many Americans took in the games from their televisions back home. But many saw the country’s athletes dominate time after time at the Olympic Games.

The United States finished the Olympic Games with more medals than any other country (113). They had 39 gold, 41 silver, and 33 bronze medals to close out the two-week event.

Of the American athletes, Texas TV station KXAN broke those 24 medal winners (10 gold, eight silver, six bronze). The following athletes won medals.

Swimmer Lydia Jacoby, a 17-year-old Alaskan attending Texas in the fall, won a gold and a silver medal. Her teammate, Erica Sullivan, also took silver and had a message for UT professor McConaughey. She is an incoming UT Austin freshman with plans to study Radio-Television-Film at the school.

Former Texas Longhorn standout Ryan Crouser also took gold. He broke the Olympic record three times in the men’s shot put. He also dedicated his win to his grandfather, who died before he left for the Olympics. 

Other Texas winners were: Simone Manuel (bronze), Natalie Hinds (bronze), Simone Biles (silver, bronze), Jordan Chiles (silver), Cat Osterman (silver, former Texas softball standout), Tamyra Mensah-Stock (gold), Sarah Robles (bronze), Athing Mu (two gold), Valarie Allman (golf, volunteer UT coach), Keni Harrison (silver, volunteer UT assistant), Fred Kerley (silver), Gabrielle Thomas, (silver, bronze, UT student), Teahna Daniels (silver, volunteer UT assistant), Raevyn Rogers (Bronze), Bryce Deadmon (gold), Kevin Durant (gold, UT basketball star), Khris Middleton (gold), Ariel Atkins (gold), Brittney Griner (gold), Ryder Ryan (Silver), Simeon Woods Richardson (silver), Scott Kazmir (Silver) and Chiaka Ogbogu (gold, UT standout).

Matthew McConaughey Pumped For Football

Recently, Matthew McConaughey voiced his support for Texas to move to the Southeastern Conference. In the past few weeks, Texas and Oklahoma have jockeyed to move to the storied conference. They will do so in 2025.

On July 30, he Tweeted: “Excited to join the SEC. The pride and tradition of Texas is not for the weak or timid. Here we go. HookEm.” reported that the Longhorns and Oklahoma are bound to their current conference, the Big 12, and its other eight members until through the 2024-25 school year. TV contracts govern that move down the road.