In an era filled with too many sport's prima donna's who, despite
great talent, possess little discipline or focus, feel entitled rather than
grateful, and set awful examples for youth growing up behind them, it is
refreshing to find a young man with positive values, correct perspective, and
endless determination. Whatever the outcome of this season's football
games, Riley is on course for a successful life. Hopefully other youth can be
inspired by his example. Wish you all the best Riley. I'll be rooting for
you and the team from the stands this season. Good luck with football and all
your future endeavor's!
Great article!This kid has his head on straight. Let's hope he
starts evading some of these head on collisions so he can keep it that way! That said: I would love to be in the trenches with him anytime, win or
lose. One of a kind leader, competitor, and person. I also hope he
doesn't read these articles and comments and stays hungry and humble.
Too bad, Wayne, that you are the only one that can't see it.
Too bad he can't throw the ball.
@BYU_AggieYes I think you could say it's interesting to think
about except that Riley's inner fortitude is not something that Heaps or
anyone else often gains. It's not as if it can't be developed, but
high character tough guys that are leaders of men are rare as I see it. If you do get someone talented physically for a certain position (QB),
and that someone has the character of Nelson, then I say you end up with a
legend. I don't know if Riley has enough talent to be that guy, but I do
think he could be a central figure in BYU having a special year. Selfishly, I
hope not, at least in week 3 where BYU looks to be a serious challenge to my
Utes. Right now I just hope Utah gets by Utah State this week.
@CougFaninTX:I'm with you whole heartedly. Nelson continues to
impress me with his leadership and attitude, and if BYU has any real success
this year, it's going to be more from Riley's leadership than of his
abilities. It's as if Nelson had all the intangibles, and Heaps had all
the gifts. To think what kind of QB Heaps could have become learning from
Nelson is definitely interesting to think about.Past is past, and
I'm glad we have Nelson leading this team. We'll have the talented
Hill for next year, and we know he is learning from Riley. Having the
ultra-competitive Max Hall on the sidelines can't hurt Hill's
It's really too bad that Jake Heaps didn't stick around, and redshirt
this year. There's a lot he could've learned from Riley that
would've helped him on and off the field, and none of it has to do with
throwing a football.
Thanks for this article. Great example for anybody of the value of hard work,
perseverance and proper outlook on the battles of life.