The Fordham Mascot
Three Cheers for the Ram. One of Fordham’s oldest traditions has an intriguing history. It has to do with the origin of the Ram as a symbol of the university.
Whence comes our Aries? From a team cheer, the first organized Fordham cheer.
It was a spring afternoon in 1893. The Fordham nine were playing against the United States Military Academy at West Point. The students began cheering:
One-Dam, Two-Dam, Three-Dam . . . Fordham!!!
The cheer was a unanimous hit with the students, however, the Jesuit faculty felt the cheer was not in keeping with the image of Fordham gentlemen. Unwilling to give up the cheer entirely, the students found "ram" a suitable rhyme for "dam".