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Calkins: BYU players aren't kids...but they have lots of them

Published: Thursday, Sept. 3 2015 8:23 p.m. MDT

Senior year. Mid-November conference game. BYU tight end Andrew George catches a touchdown pass in a five-point win over New Mexico.

Best day of his life. Easily. His son, after all, was born a few hours prior.

This was in 2009, when George found out that his wife’s water had broken during the team’s flight to Albuquerque. No biggie. He just hopped on a plane back to Utah after landing, caught the birth of his boy, Jack, and then jetted back to New Mexico for some mid-game heroics.

“Pretty wild day,” said George, now a graduate assistant with the Cougars, “but a pretty awesome day, too.”

Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to BYU. Welcome to a football program that’s one gargantuan happy family.

The school’s sports information department estimates that 30 players on the team are married, and many of them have children. Gotta think they were pumped about the invite to Thursday’s Poinsettia Bowl. For the kids, this meant Sea World and the Zoo.

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