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Published: Tuesday, Nov. 27 2007 12:00 a.m. MST

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It because when someone takes a kneem or says that they are a Christian, they are not implicating that God cares more about them than another team, another person or anything else for that matter. Gods last concern is the outcome of a football game. He has plenty of other issues to deal with, before the outcome of a football game. I think the issues lies in how specific the comment was. I dont drink or smoke so I am better than you. I am a member of the church and took offense to this comment. It shows how judgemental people can be...

Too many sports writers

We have a handful of talking heads on the radio and sports casters on almost every local TV channel who desperately need something to talk about. They take molehill statements by athletes and make mountains of them on a regular basis in order to get listeners and viewers. Sounds to me that PK set this response up when he suggested it was luck evening itself out. Any truly religious person would take exception to luck being why they succeeded when they feel strongly that God has a hand in all areas of their life. I think Austin is right - more people need to get that kind of life.

Why the anger?

Why can't he just say "it wasn't my intention to suggest that I am more righteous than other athletes. I'm sorry if it came out that way"? Why does he have to get all angry about it and say people need to get a life? His reaction is as ridiculous as anyone else's.

By the way, Coach Dungy constantly emphasizes his belief that God does NOT intervene in football games and that to think otherwise would indicate a lack of perspective on life.

Collie spoke without thinking, and I hold nothing against him for it. But the quote itself is worlds away from crossing yourself after a touchdown. Don't even make that comparison.

Utah Mormon fan

I'm a mormon and a Utah fan, so I understand where Collie's comments came from. I am also a huge sports fan who has seen many times when players give thanks to God after big plays or games. However, Collie's comments have drawn such attention because they weren't simply praising God. "Obviously, if you do what's right on and off the field..." Without this part of the comment, there would be very little controversy, but because he made him and his team as "better people" on and off the field, it has drawn so much attention. It was an offensive comment, whether BYU fans are willing to admit it or not.




This whole thing has been completely overblown. Obviously the kid was speaking about how the Lord has blessed him. It had nothing to do with God helping his team win a game. Many many people have prayed for help with getting a job, passing a test in school, and doing their best in a sporting event at some point in their life. These same people certainly give at least some credit to God for their success in these competitive areas, but when Mr. Collie does the same thing, it turns into a circus overnight. Rather than crucifying the kid for his religious beliefs, and making assumptions about what he meant, perhaps congratulating him for being a great player (and an even better human being) would be the appropriate course of action. It's never a bad thing to give the Lord some credit for success in life. Nor is it wrong to thank him for our blessings.

Dance, Austin, dance!

I love how he's trying to get the spotlight off himself by pointing at others.

I have no problem with players thanking God or making religious gestures during sporting events.....what bothers me (and many others) about this is when Collie says his righteousness was in any way responsible for their victory, he's also saying his opponent's lack of righteousness (compared to his) was responsible for their defeat.

Many Ute players live very righteous LDS lives (and they manage to do so with no Honor Code office holding their hands). If righteousness were the key to winning, why did they lose?

Another way of putting it: Randy Moss and the Patriots must be the most righteous people on earth.

Austin Collie is a good young man who said something dumb (like young people in the spotlight tend to do). He would gain a lot of respect from me if he would admit he said something dumb instead of trying to place blame on others.


The lesson to be learned here--at least for Collie and other BYU athletes--is that when being interviewed or in the public eye as a result of actions performed on behalf of the university, a higher standard of communication is required. Had he made the comment to his buddies or at church in testimony meeting, he wouldn't be staring into the bright lights of public scrutiny. Would I have been able to walk that higher road myself after such a thrilling victory? Heck no, I'd have called the Utes "evil incarnate" and declared a battle won for truth and righteousness. Nonetheless, I'm cognizant of the leadership that Bronco is providing and hope that all students who represent BYU in one capacity or another will choose a higher road than what might be commonly chosen by those from other schools.


Very well put "Anonymous". The media is always looking to spice a story up. Report the news.

Active LDS Utah fan

I conducted a small unscientific poll here at the office of those who do not consider themselves sports fans and come from various faiths. Every one of the persons polled took exception to Collies comments. They feel the comments give the impression God somehow intervened to ensure that the most righteous team prevailed. I share your faith brother, but ease back on the livin' right speaches after a game (especially a victory). The comments can be perceived as self righteousness instead of an expression of faith in God.


I couldn't agree with Anonymous more. I'm a University of Utah student, and frankly I am so dissapointed at how Utah fans have reacted to this comment. Things like this are said all the time in sport eventings. I realize that Utah lost the game, and all this uproar is just because fans want something to latch onto after the tough loss. Let go. Get over it. Leave the kid alone, and go pick on one of these other guys who refernce God all the time in sports. I'm embarressed for other Utah fans. It's too bad we have to harp on something so stupid like this. What about our defense for blowing the 4th and 18 coverage. Harp on that kid. Leave Collie alone for being religious.


This story is absolutely ridiculous. I find it hard to believe people really are taking Austin's comments that far out of text. He simply is recognizing God's hand in his life. What is so wrong with that? I agree 100% with Austin, that people need to get a life. That includes all those idiotic Ute fans that called into the radio stations to rip on Collie, and also the media for putting their own spin on this. So not only can we not say in God we Trust anymore, now a good Christian kid, from a private Christian school, can't profess how God has had a hand in his life for living right.. Seriously people, get a life..


The player was and is correct. The media are way off base. The law of the harvest. Nice Biblical principle. He wasn't boasting. He was responding to specific question. Give the guy a break.


I think he is pretty rude for telling everyone to get a life.


I'm so glad that Collie didn't apologize for his "off-base" comments. I think his point is valid and I'm glad that he reaffirmed them come Monday morning.

Sticking up for Sorenson

Sorry people, but Collie's comments crossed the line and Sorenson was right to call him out on them. It's one thing to thank the Lord or cross yourself, it's entirely another thing to imply that the "Lord steps in" in response to actions "on and off the field". God stepped in and helped BYU win because their players are more righteous off the field???? Gimme a break! Mormons need to stop being so defensive; anyone who implies such a ridiculous concept would and should be critized for it.

true blue

Austin is a heck of an athlete and a good individual.

Steve Salmon

Collie can try to make it a non-issue all he wants. The fact is he said, "The Lord stepped in." The implication is that the Lord helped him in a meaningless athletic competition that the Lord does not give a hoot about. Other athletes that make the sign of the cross, or give thanks in the open public arena is seemingly more self-promotion than anything else. Give thanks and praise in a private setting. Yes, it does come across as self righteous and holier than thou.


I agree with Collie wholeheartedly. He gave credit where credit was due. The Lord is in the details of life, even the seemingly "trivial" events. Does this mean that the Lord foreordained BYU to win, NO. He simply gave strength to those Utah and BYU players who were in line to receive strength because of their diligence to principle. Those who choose to be offended, let them be offended. This world seems to seek to belittle anything that points to gratitude from a higher power.

It is rejuvenating to finally hear someone (Collie) face the liberal media and speak his mind. We should be exhilarated to hear a young kid giving the credit for an amazing accomplishment to another. He could have said "yea, it was all me". Awesome catch and good luck to both teams.


Condemning Collie for his comments is gross hypocrosy for those who profess to be a part of any religion.

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