While star athletes come and go, there's one figure in BYU athletics that never changes -- Cosmo. BYU's cougar mascot is met with cheers and smiles everywhere he goes, but there's a lot more to Cosmo than backflips and sideline antics.
Here are seven facts about Cosmo you might not know.
The first time that BYU had cougar mascots was in 1924 when the school had two live cougars that would roam the sidelines of games.
The original cubs were housed on the south side of campus until 1929 when they managed to break out of their cage, kill two dogs and begin stalking livestock on nearby farms. Both were recaptured later the same day. One cougar died, apparently from natural causes, three weeks later, and the other was taken to the old Salt Lake Zoo. From then on, BYU procured its mascots from nearby zoos and local bounty hunters but never owned its own cougars again.
Looking good for 64-year-old
The original Cosmo outfit made its first appearance on Oct. 15, 1953.
No love for Cosmo
Despite having ice cream flavors for coaches LaVell Edwards, Dave Rose and Jennifer Rockwood, the BYU Creamery does not have an ice cream flavor honoring the school's beloved mascot.
Tickets at LaVell Edwards Stadium are more expensive
Dwayne Stevenson purchased the original Cosmo outfit for $73 in 1953.
It's not named after Kramer
The name Cosmo was derived from BYU's diverse student body.
"BYU is a very international, cosmopolitan school, and that is where we got the name Cosmo," said Daniel T. Gallego, the first person to be Cosmo.
An internet star
Cosmo has 44,200 followers on Instagram. The video of Cosmo dancing with the BYU Cougarettes at a football game in 2017 has 996,653 views on YouTube.
World record holder
At a home basketball game against San Diego on Jan. 20, 2018, Cosmo set a world record for most consecutive windmills performed by a mascot. He set the new record at 50 before collapsing at midcourt.