BYU football: Phil Ford has change of plans; plans LDS mission after graduation


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  • Oatmeal Woods Cross, UT
    June 3, 2012 6:19 p.m.

    First things first... He made the right decision for him. If he later dons a Cougar uniform, it is a bonus.

  • Utah-Hawaii Alum Dallas, TX
    June 2, 2012 1:58 p.m.

    I'm glad that Phil is headed to BYU!

  • Utah-Hawaii Alum Dallas, TX
    June 2, 2012 1:35 p.m.

    Honestly, can he convert poor people that have no hope?

  • Born in Provo Logan, UT
    June 2, 2012 12:39 p.m.

    God bless, Phil! You are going to do great things because you have your priorities in order. 3 Nephi 13:33

  • Samwise Salt Lake City, UT
    June 2, 2012 3:02 a.m.

    Sounds like he will be an excellent missionary. I hope when he is done with his mission he is able to fulfill his dream of playing football for BYU. Sounds like he could also be a pretty darn good football player.

  • just-a-fan Bountiful, UT
    May 31, 2012 4:13 p.m.

    Great job Phil! Glad to see a young man make this decision because it was right for him, not due to pressure. BYU will be here when he gets home.

  • Utah Valley Guy Springville, UT
    May 31, 2012 4:08 p.m.

    When I first read the headline, I was let down - but when I read WHY BYU was losing a top recruiting prospect, I was tickled pink. A guy like Ford putting off BYU for a mission is a win for everyone except those few BYU fans who don't understand missions to begin with.

    This guy will be one VERY popular player at BYU!

  • morganh Orem, Utah
    May 31, 2012 2:51 p.m.

    Congratulations Phil on your desire to serve. As an RM myself, you will not regret the opportunity you have before you. Football can wait and I will look forward to you joining the Cougars! upon your return.

  • Uncle Rico Coug AMERICAN FORK, UT
    May 31, 2012 12:21 p.m.

    You've made the right choice Brother Ford! The mission will not only bring others the truth of the gospel but it will provide you with a firm foundation that will make your testimony strong for eternity. You are truly an example for me and other members of The Church to look up to.

    We will look forward to you playing football in 3 years at BYU and we will be cheering for you!

  • Marine1 Apollo Beach, FL
    May 31, 2012 11:18 a.m.

    Truly an inspiration wish you all the best.

  • MiP Iowa City, IA
    May 31, 2012 9:43 a.m.

    It seems as though this kids is on fire.

    Great things will happen.

    Best wishes.

  • EdGrady Idaho Falls, ID
    May 31, 2012 8:31 a.m.

    Is this the unfair advantage that Norman Chow was speaking of?

  • Sneaky Jimmy Bay Area, CA
    May 31, 2012 8:20 a.m.

    I think this kid is listening to the right people.

  • idablu Idaho Falls, ID
    May 31, 2012 8:18 a.m.

    What a great kid!

  • Whoa Nellie American Fork, UT
    May 30, 2012 10:45 p.m.

    No, Vince, missions cannot be served anytime, at least not the kind Phil wants to do.

  • Vince the boonies, mexico
    May 30, 2012 8:09 p.m.

    I'm a retiree young man and admire your decision. It's nice that you are making your own priorities but you should also know missions can be served "anytime", competitive athletics can't!

  • Utes Fan Salt Lake City, UT
    May 30, 2012 6:48 p.m.

    Serving a mission will end up being the right choice. Congratulations on your choice to serve!

  • Lone Star Cougar Plano, TX
    May 30, 2012 5:08 p.m.

    Dear Brother Phil,

    I am so glad that you have made this important decision to serve. God Bless!!!

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    May 30, 2012 4:13 p.m.

    Another great story, I just love to read this stuff. Congratulations on your choice Phil and I have no doubt you will be a great missionary. Even though I only know you through these articles I feel a lot of pride knowing what a fine representative of the church you already are. You've just really made me feel good since I first read about you. Thank you.

  • sammyg Springville, UT
    May 30, 2012 4:01 p.m.

    The Iowa Western women's soccer coach was out here last week attending a few of the games at the State Cup soccer tournament.

    When talking with him I mentioned that Phil was in the news out here and the coach stated that Phil is the real deal on the football team and that he talks openly about his conversion and experiences as this news article states.

    It sounds like he will be a great missionary.

    Congratulations Phil on your decision to serve!

  • UU32 Bountiful, UT
    May 30, 2012 1:52 p.m.

    Great choice Brother Ford. You won't regret your decision.

  • Californian#1@94131 San Francisco, CA
    May 30, 2012 1:39 p.m.

    Thank you, Brother Ford.

  • TJ Eagle Mountain, UT
    May 30, 2012 12:18 p.m.

    Sounds lik a fantastic young man with a good sense of priorities. Great decision. Serve with the right attitude and it will be an incredible experience for you.

  • WA_Alum&Dad Marysville, WA
    May 30, 2012 12:09 p.m.

    Phil, you have a great attitude, and the right priorities. As a RM and a rabid BYU sports fan, I can't wait to see you bring the passion you show and the maturity you will have when you show up to LES in three years. I'll fly down for your first game and be that fan cheering the loudest when you make plays. In the meantime, best wishes and Godspeed!

  • Utah'95 FPO, AE
    May 30, 2012 12:02 p.m.

    Good luck with your mission, Phil! You won't regret serving.

  • RockOn Spanish Fork, UT
    May 30, 2012 11:57 a.m.

    Phil Ford is making decisions that will positively affect his life and many others. May the Lord continue to bless this young man and may he continue on a good path.

  • Whoa Nellie American Fork, UT
    May 30, 2012 11:18 a.m.

    Sounds like a great decision. Best wishes to Mr. Ford in all his endeavors. Seems to be well-balanced and not just by the fact that he can stand up on ice skates with both hands in his pockets.