Dick Harmon: Former BYU QB Jim McMahon's brain in hands of inventor of the MRI


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  • RU Serious Washington, UT
    Nov. 15, 2012 5:36 p.m.

    Don't know who you are, and maybe you brought as much attention to BYU as Jim did, and maybe you didn't. The article is about Jim and how he made all us feel awesome. PUT JIM IN first and then we can work on you.

  • kosimov Riverdale, UT
    Nov. 13, 2012 9:56 p.m.

    I would also like to see Jim in the Hall of Fame. I am sure that those who decide have the best interests of BYU in mind, and there are always many ramifications to a decision like this which fans don't know about and cannot consider in their enthusiasm. I think it will work out in the end, but, I'd like to see it happen while Jim is still healthy enough to enjoy it. If the concern has to do with some of the rebellious things he may have done in his youth, the Church could demonstrate how good Christians behave by forgiving some of those things and putting him in the HOF, with or without a degree. Of course, there are many other students who did not quite make it to their degrees, (ahem, such as myself), and they may wonder why they cannot be given an honorary degree also, but, we haven't given as much to BYU in athletics as Jim has. Don't put him on the Dean's list; that would be wrong. But I see no harm in putting him on the HOF, even if it sets a precedent.

  • RockOn Spanish Fork, UT
    Nov. 13, 2012 9:13 p.m.

    Hey, LValfre, don't know how many McMahon hi-lites there are, but the kid could flat out play. And he had the huge advantage of sitting out for the first two years for the most part and then being handed the keys to the high powered car for two years. See if you can find the play near the goal line where he faked a hand off, then whirled 360 degrees in the air and hit a receiver for a TD. Lots of great plays. And watch the Miracle Bowl when it was 4th down and LaVell called for a punt and Jim refused to come off the field. To LaVell's credit, he acquiesced and the rest is history.

  • Darth Vader Ogden, UT
    Nov. 13, 2012 9:06 p.m.

    Dick listed just a few reasons why Jim is my favorite quarterback, at any level, of all time.

    He could outplay most teams at the game of chess. He would beg the defense to blitz, those were exciting plays because he would burn them more times than not. Always made things interesting on the field and was a joy to watch.

    I could go on for hours.

    Thanks for the memories field general and good luck.

  • Oatmeal Woods Cross, UT
    Nov. 13, 2012 7:29 p.m.

    To whom do we send the letters making the case for Jimmy Mac? Holmoe? President Samuelson? The Alumni Association? Cougar Club? or ESPN?

    I wish BYU would just step up and do the right thing.

  • Champs Washington, UT
    Nov. 13, 2012 6:54 p.m.

    Put him in!!!! Jim helped me to love the Bears. The man can lead. Good thing he can play, cause the man can't sing (super bowl shuffle). Thanks for all the great memories, headbands, and everything else. Please BYU PUT JIM IN.

  • Aggielove Cache county, USA
    Nov. 13, 2012 5:59 p.m.

    He partyed with all the other BYU students.
    Believe it.

  • Alaskan Ute Fairbanks, AK
    Nov. 13, 2012 5:41 p.m.

    He was a good pro QB, and a great college QB. I watched him take apart teams week after week. In my mind he was second only to Steve Young as BYU's best QB.

  • jazzlover Highland, UT
    Nov. 13, 2012 5:28 p.m.

    Jim McMahon + BYU Hall of Fame = Awesome.

  • Frozen Chosen Savage, MN
    Nov. 13, 2012 4:21 p.m.

    Best college QB EVER! Can you imagine if we had him at QB this year with that defense? BCS bowl here we come!

    Should Jimmy Mac be in the BYU HOF? Only if you want the best college QB in history in there...

  • LValfre CHICAGO, IL
    Nov. 13, 2012 3:47 p.m.

    All these favorable comments to McMahon give me the tingles being from Chicago and all. It's nice to see this kind of unified support for someone who was non-LDS and well ... pretty much against most of what they believe in a lot of ways.

    This thread has encouraged me to look up McMahon's BYU highlights on youtube later. Never seen his college days. Should be interesting! : )

  • Uteanymous Salt Lake City, Utah
    Nov. 13, 2012 3:35 p.m.


    Don't kid yourself; not being a Mormon has NOTHING to do with with Jim McMahon not being in the BYU HOF.

    Jim McMahon is one the greatest players ever to play for BYU and he deserves to be in BYU's HOF, but his religion is irrelevant.

  • LValfre CHICAGO, IL
    Nov. 13, 2012 3:10 p.m.


    "Even though he wasn't the greatest Mormon, he is(I know from personal experience) a great person."

    Jim McMahon wasn't a Mormon. Probably part of the reason he's not in the HOF already. He was a party animal and the best QB BYU's ever seen ... It's nice to see so much LDS support here to induct him without any judgment or bitterness.

  • Noodlekaboodle Millcreek, UT
    Nov. 13, 2012 2:45 p.m.

    Because it's the BYU Sports HOF. It's not the BYU Student Athlete HOF, and you agree with me that Jim is the best QB in a long string of great BYU QB's. It seems silly to not put one of the best players in school history in the HOF over a couple of credits. Even though he wasn't the greatest Mormon, he is(I know from personal experience) a great person.

  • AZJazzFan Gold Canyon, az
    Nov. 13, 2012 1:38 p.m.

    Jimbo has reported he is not interested in being in the Hall. So why should we be interested in getting him in? He has not exactly been a good representative of the school. Take away his accomplishments on the field, and what is remaining? Speaking of what he did as QB, in my opinion he was the best BYU ever had, if not the best college QB ever. I loved seeing him play. Best wishes on the medical procedures.

  • BlueCoug Orem, UT
    Nov. 13, 2012 1:35 p.m.

    Thanks for the great article Dick!

    I loved watching Young, Nielson, Shiede, Wilson, Bosco, Detmer, Sarkisian, Beck, and Hall play, but my all-time favorite BYU QB is Jim McMahon.

    Hopefully, BYU and McMahon will be able to find a way to fill the one glaring omission from BYU's Sports Hall of Fame.

  • RockOn Spanish Fork, UT
    Nov. 13, 2012 1:27 p.m.

    We need a petition that says "Because Jim McMahon or anyone else would be incapable of completing his college course work due to a debilitating mental condition that will be with him for the rest of his life, BYU should immediately induct Jim McMahon into the BYU Hall of Fame." After all, they would do so if he died. Time to induct.

  • EMBO23 Riverton, UT
    Nov. 13, 2012 12:47 p.m.

    Put him in the BYU Hall of Fame and retire his jersey NOW!!! He certainly has earned it.

  • Wayne Rout El Paso, TX
    Nov. 13, 2012 12:41 p.m.

    Very nice article. A quarterback at BYU who could throw the ball. I remember it well.

  • Aggielove Cache county, USA
    Nov. 13, 2012 11:57 a.m.

    He's a funny dude.
    He was great for the sport.
    Free spirit all the way.

  • IdahoCoog Malad City, ID
    Nov. 13, 2012 11:52 a.m.

    I agree with all tht has been said about giving Jim an honorary degree. The hall is incomplete without Jim there. He belongs...

  • BlueHusky Mission Viejo, CA
    Nov. 13, 2012 11:27 a.m.

    Put him in the Hall. He is and was a Cougar. He helped build the BYU mystique. Who deserves it more?

  • Henry Drummond San Jose, CA
    Nov. 13, 2012 10:40 a.m.

    Good luck Jimbo. I really hope this does the trick. I also wish we had something for the many others who suffer from dementia as they get older. Its really a shame when people reach a time in their life when all they have are their memories and they start to lose that.

    Keep us up to date on what is happening, Dick. Ute fans are pulling for Jim as well.

  • Whoa Nellie American Fork, UT
    Nov. 13, 2012 10:00 a.m.

    McMahon always delivered! Time for BYU to deliver.

  • DEW Cougars Sandy, UT
    Nov. 13, 2012 9:16 a.m.

    Jim should be the next QB Coach at BYU. How interesting would that be? Lavell would smile.

  • payara OREM, UT
    Nov. 13, 2012 9:15 a.m.

    Give him a PHD and get him into the hall of fame. Any other offering would be a travisty

  • So. Cal Reader San Diego, CA
    Nov. 13, 2012 9:14 a.m.

    Very good article. Let's hope this medical procedure on his kneck works!

  • Oatmeal Woods Cross, UT
    Nov. 13, 2012 9:08 a.m.

    BYU needs to do the honorable thing and put Jim McMahon in their hall of fame for outstanding humanitiarian service to the communities he has lived in. That service was/is worth far more than the credits he has left on his degree. Come on, BYU! Award McMahon an honorary doctorate of humor and humanity and let him in!

  • Cougarista Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 13, 2012 8:30 a.m.

    Fascinating article. He's a complex person. Glad to have him play for the Cougars.

  • MarkMAN West Columbia, TX
    Nov. 13, 2012 6:52 a.m.


    Thanks for the wonderful article.