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10 moments that made BYU and NFL quarterback Jim McMahon famous — and infamous

Published: Thursday, July 2 2015 12:25 p.m. MDT

Jim McMahon Sr. is all smiles, as is his son, who threw the winning touchdown. (Photo by Tom Smart, Deseret News Archives) (Tom Smart, Deseret News Archives) Jim McMahon Sr. is all smiles, as is his son, who threw the winning touchdown. (Photo by Tom Smart, Deseret News Archives) (Tom Smart, Deseret News Archives)

To say Jim McMahon is well known both in Utah and in football would be a terrible understatement.

ESPN called him a rebel without pause. The BYU faithful still sing his praises for his on-the-field accomplishments. Chicago knows him as the "Punky QB" of Super Bowl Shuffle fame. His antics over the course of his career as a BYU and NFL quarterback have earned him fame, not to mention more than his fair share of infamy.

The gutsy, fiery and unrepentant quarterback is not a part of BYU's Hall of Fame. That, however, does not prevent him from introduction into the state of Utah's Sports Hall of Fame.

Along with BYU volleyball legend Michelle Fellows Lewis, Utah football legends Ron McBride and Marv Fleming as well as golfer Billy Casper, McMahon was inducted into the Beehive State's hall of sports greatness Tuesday evening, his likeness forever to grace the walls of EnergySolutions Arena — at least until the Hall of Fame moves somewhere else.

With McMahon's Tuesday introduction into the Hall of Fame, let's take a look at 10 events by which McMahon earned fame … and infamy.

Landon Hemsley is the sports Web producer for DeseretNews.com. Email: lhemsley@deseretnews.com. Twitter.com/EarlOfHemsley

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