When he’s not starring in iconic Hollywood films and TV shows, Matthew McConaughey loves to bleed burnt orange for his Texas Longhorns.
The actor’s an alumnus of the University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin), graduating in 1993. Since then, McConaughey’s gotten super involved with the university and its football team. He became the Minister of Culture not too long ago and also teaches in the Moody College of Communication. He even moved his family down to Austin so they wouldn’t miss a single game.
Today, the Texas Longhorns kick-off the college football season with a match-up against Louisiana. And Matthew McConaughey is here for it.
To celebrate game day, the actor posted an incredible photo on his Instagram page. The photo features McConaughey standing alongside a legion of Texas football legends and icons. We see Brian Orakpo, Selvin Young, Earl Campbell, Steve Sarkisian, Vince Young, Derrick Johnson, Jamaal Charles, and Michael Huff. All of them played for the Longhorns at one point or another, and Sarkisian now leads them as head coach.
McConaughey already hyped up the match last week by posting a hype video on Instagram. In the video, someone asks the actor, “What is the Minister of Culture?”
“Thank you for asking. As the Minister of Culture, I want to champion certain guiding principles. The soul of Austin, the soul of the University of Texas.”
Based on the many, many video clips of McConaughey that accompany his answer, we think he’s a pretty good fit for the job. There’s no faking the pure joy on his face, the pride in his team and his school as he cheers them on. If anyone embodies the “soul” of this team, it’s Matthew McConaughey.
Matthew McConaughey Moves Family To Austin, Active at UT
Matthew McConaughey takes his responsibilities as Minister of Culture very seriously. So seriously, in fact, that he moved his wife, Camila Alves, and their three kids down to Austin just so they could be closer to the school.
Of course, it’s also important to note that McConaughey teaches a class there as well. He’s a professor for the Moody College of Communication, where he teaches a film production class that shows the process from script to screen.
But his heart really seems to lie with the Longhorns. He’ll show up to games in his iconic three-piece burnt orange suit. He’ll talk with players on the sidelines, hyping them up for the approaching game. And he’ll do everything he can to represent the spirit and soul of the place that he’s come to love.