Doug Robinson: The forgotten quarterback of BYU will finally be enshrined in Hall of Fame

Published: Wednesday, Sept. 21 2011 10:05 p.m. MDT

Benson should know something about the subject. He wrote a book about BYU quarterbacks in 1988 — "And They Came to Pass." The first chapter was about Sheide.

Even before taking over as head coach, Edwards had determined that the only way the Cougars could win consistently was via the pass. During his first year, he used a running attack to utilize the skills of Pete Van Valkenburg, the nation's leading rusher, and the Cougars had a rare winning season (7-4). But a year later, he installed a pass attack with Sheide at quarterback. That launched the Cougars into a new era of winning football teams and prolific quarterbacks; they've never been the same since then. Sheide was the test pilot that proved the air game could win games.

Now, nearly four decades later, the school has finally decided to induct him into its Hall of Fame. Sheide, a junior high P.E. teacher and business owner who lives in Highland, is clearly pleased by this turn of events. He has invited family members, friends and former teammates for the event, including former receivers Jay Miller and John Betham. Edwards will introduce him.

This time he won't have to pay to get in.

email: drob@desnews.com

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