Dick Harmon: BYU's Kyle Van Noy reaches out to Cougar fans, thanks them for ongoing support

Published: Friday, Jan. 3 2014 10:25 a.m. MST

BYU's Kyle Van Noy speaks with the media during the 2013 BYU Football Media Day. BYU Broadcast Building, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah June 26, 2013

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Kyle Van Noy says he is one grateful man.

In an open letter to BYU fans, Van Noy put a period to his Cougar career on Friday. Here is what he had to say.

"When I first stepped onto BYU’s campus as a student in 2010, I never could have imagined how quickly my four years in Provo would fly by. I waited a long time to be a Cougar, and not a day passes by without my thinking how fortunate I am for my decision to attend BYU," he said.

"I have grown a great deal in the past four years. I have matured as a person. I have become a college graduate. I have developed as a football player. This growth is directly attributed to my time at and the positive influence of BYU.

"As I move on to pursue my dream of playing in the National Football League, I wanted to send out a few special thank yous:

— To my family, friends and fiancée, Marissa: Thank you for your love and support. I never would have made it this far without all of you.

— To my teammates and coaches: Thank you for making me a better football player. I took great pride in representing the “Y” with all of you.

— To the football training staff: Thank you for working to keep me healthy and on the football field. I appreciate all your dedication, time and energy.

— To the BYU athletic and sports information departments: Thank you for making me look good in the public eye! In all seriousness, I was honored to represent the university and I look forward to continue in this role as an alumnus.

— To the BYU fans across the state, country and world: Thank you for your support, passion and loyalty. There are a lot of terrific things happening within the BYU football program and I am excited to cheer on our future success with all of you.

It has been a remarkable four years as a BYU Cougar. Thank you for all the memories. Thank you for your love and support. Thank you for helping me mature into the man I am today."

Van Noy concluded his remarks with the salutation:

"Go Cougars. “Too blessed to be stressed. Kyle Van Noy #3."

Dick Harmon, Deseret News sports columnist, can be found on Twitter as Harmonwrites and can be contacted at dharmon@desnews.com.

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