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Published: Friday, Sept. 3 2010 11:00 p.m. MDT

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Thanks for the memories Jim. The 1980 Holiday Bowl was my first bowl game ever. BYU has had many great quarterbacks, but you've always been my favorite.


Jimmy Mac. My all-time favorite QB, college or pro.

I heard Kyle Whittingham answer the question, "Who is the best quarterback you've ever seen," with "Jim McMahon" before the last word of the question was spoken.


"As the morning moved on and tee times approached, McMahon took his leave, having been neither defensive nor outrageous, just a little edgier than the others. He rose to the occasion by declining to rate the BYU quarterbacks, but offering an unsolicited evaluation of former assistant coach Wally English.

"That guy was terrible," he said."


Insightful, too!

Wild Blue

Welcome back Jim.


loved him! didn't like the way he lived but dang he was good.


Jim McMahon was the kind of guy I'd like to go to war with: tough, no-nonsense, in-your-face, I don't care HOW MUCH WE'RE DOWN BY WE D-O N-O-T QUIT kind of guy.

If I live to be a thousand I will never, repeat NEVER forget McMahon to Clay Brown in the Miracle Bowl and running outside in the black, quiet of night and screaming my guts out in sheer, joyous wonder. A sensation of such overwhelming joy you don't even think about neighbors or what time of night it was because you just don't care.

Jim, we know you often had a rough time at Cougartown, but we'll always, always love you.

Good luck getting your degree!


A big fat dip and a can of beer.

Ahh Yes, BYU football!

The Disillusionist

Easily the best competitor and arguably the best QB to ever play at BYU.

My top 13:
1) Jim McMahon
2) Ty Detmer
3) Steve Young
4) Robbie Bosco
5) Steve Sarkisian
6) Marc Wilson
7) John Beck
8) Max Hall
9) Brandon Doman
10) Gifford Nielsen
11) John Walsh
12) Gary Sheidi
13) Virgil Carter


Besides his competative spirit, McMahon had such a sense for the game. He would often wheel behind a diving blindside linebacker. It was like he had eyes in the back of his head. He regularly threw passes before the receiver made his cut, knowing exactly where they would be. McMahon was a delight to watch, including his personality.


No, no hedgehog, it's the Utes who dip and throw beer...Ahh yes, Ute football!


I hope as BYU alumni we can remember all the good in others and brush away and toss over our backs anything that might of been negative. I mostly remember Jim McMahon for his heroics on the field. He was a great player and just happened to have some faults, just like all the rest of us. One refreshing thing about Jim McMahon is the fight in him. He never gave up as evidenced in the "Miracle Bowl". For that I will ever remember him with fondness and with great hope for him and his family. Never give up, Jim. We love you!


Ute fan here, but this guy was a kick in the pants. I ALWAYS loved watching him play and he really was one of the best college qb's I've ever seen. Plus--he wasn't a hater (Max Hall)--and his love of the game and his fire made big games bigger. Welcome back, Jim. I hope you get those 10 credit hours taken care of, because not having Jim McMahon in the BYU HOF seems sort of insane.



Clueless, as usual. Are you sure you are not Nancy Pelosi's son?

Resolute Voice

Every major university that has a winning tradition has an enigma. These people have left an indelible mark on their program, their university, and their sport. We love to love them when the miraculous happens and we love to hate them when their behavior is unexplainable and bizarre. This is the story of Jim McMahon. He is the unique player in BYU history. While both parties may have a strained relationship at times both share a connection that is not easily understood. This weekend Provo witnessed if even for a brief moment the return of the official Mad Man. When I watch the Miracle Bowl 30 years later, it is still amazing. There has been no other miracle like it in BYU football history, all courtesy of Provo's unofficial rebel, the intractable, Jim McMahon.


It is interesting you bring up Max Hall. Of all the Y quarterbacks, Max Hall is most like Jim McMahon--moxy, drive, fight, spite, in your face. Did you see him play the other night?--his game with the Cardinals was on after the ute game. He just might make it in the NFL afterall, and then perhaps he'll be remembered better for his college career.

What made the Holiday Bowl even more spectacular, is I think it was the Cougs first bowl win. Is that right?


Oh man I love and miss the mighty Jim McMahon! Always have, always will. (and I'm a Ute!)

Uncle Rico

We need a statue of Jimmy Mac on Campus next to Brigham Young.


Excited for the season and for tonight's grouping of all the great QBs. BYU FOOTBALL RULES !!

Where's Stockton ???

Welcome Back Mac...You'll always be BYU's Most favorite Saturday's Warrior in most of our eyes. Now just get the 10 credits and get it over with...and while you are at it get ole Craig James to forgive you for ripping his heart out 30 years ago. Maybe he'll quit ignoring/ragging on BYU football on ESPN. The guy's such a whiner...It's time he got over the 80 Holiday Bowl.

Henry Drummond

I saw Jim point to the scoreboard on a number of occasions. It was simply his answer to taunts from opposing players and from the crowd. I thought it was perfectly appropriate way of saying he did his talking on the field and was willing to let the results speak for themselves.

Jim understood competition and respected his opponents. I remember once when he was hit out of bounds after running for a touchdown, Jim was asked if he thought the opposing player had taken a cheap shot at him. Jim answered, "no he was just playing good aggressive football."

Jim may have been unconventional, outspoken, and rebellious, but he was not one to taunt or take a cheap shot at his opponents. At the end of the day I felt he understood and practiced sportsmanship better than many of those who are always reminding us of how their high their standards are.

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