Ziggy's story was a fun side story to this last season and it looks like it
very well may continue. I hope he finds great success in the Sr. Bowl and in the
NFL. One thing it does is show that BYU's international reach and profile
benefits the football team as well as the Univeristy. This is not a story that
is likely to occur anywhere else. As the church continues to grow
around the world, and as BYU continues to gain notice by being one of the most
important institutions of the church, I have no doubt that there will be others
like Ziggy, obviously not exactly the same but similar stories, of kids that
come from all over the world to BYU because of the church and then excell in all
sorts of different fields including athletics but also all kids of academic
endeavors. It really is exciting and fun to be a follower and supporter of such
great things at such a great institution.
Awesome!! What a great young man and a great story. It will be fun to watch
him going forward.
Good luck in the NFL Ziggy! Thanks for being a great ambassador for BYU!
Go get 'em, Ziggy! As I read in this paper about the "national pub"
around Ziggy mid-way through the season, I wasn't buying into drinking the
Ziggy "cool aid", because the DN has over-hyped so many Cougs players
over the years, players that are not drafted, sign-on as non-drafted free agents
and then toil away on practice squads. I agree with the other comments. It will
be great to watch Ziggy progress in the NFL. Dude's a beast!
Ziggy is just a feel good story that you hope ends well with him having success
both on and off the field. Good luck!Go UTES!!
I can't wait to see him play in the NFL!Go Cougs!Go Aggies!Go Utes!In that order.
@DuckhunterThis is not a story that is likely to occur anywhere
else.-----------What? His story has more do with the
"American Dream" (the opportunity for prosperity and success) then
anything else. He is just one of many...For example, Shahid Khan
who is a Pakistani-born American billionaire businessman. He is the owner of the
Jacksonville Jaguars of the National Football League (NFL)... He moved to the
United States in 1968 at age 16 to study at the University of Illinois at
Urbana–Champaign. When he came to the United States his first job was
washing dishes for $1.20 an hour.Ziggy and Khan are just examples of
the American Dream. I have no doubt their will be others like him that come
from all around the world for the chance at the American Dream.
Okay, I'm honestly not trying to be the Ute fan that comes on the BYU
thread to blow it up and dispute everything said in the article and the
comments. However, I'm honestly confused ... on my way home from work today
the guys on the radio were discussing reports that Ziggy has been getting
embarrassed all week in Senior Bowl practices and quoted some national sources
(sorry, I didn't catch the names or news outlets). All I know is the quotes
were not good ... one was from an NFL scout saying he'd be awfully nervous
taking Ziggy with a first round pick. Now that's not all bad depending on
how one looks at it ... perhaps the same person would feel great picking him in
the second round which would quite frankly still be fantastic for Ziggy.Anyway, just curious what others may know and whether the DNews is painting a
prettier picture than what the truth actually is. Regardless, good luck to
Motorbike, there is a story in the Tennessean by the local sports reporter, so
not a story carried over the wire, about Ziggy. That sports reporter had nothing
but good to say about Ziggy, also noting the "sushi" comment about
Ziggy's skills being raw. The reason he covered Ziggy, the Tennessee Titans
need a pass rush and have a draft spot in the range that would be a match for
Ziggy. This article put Ziggy on the radar for someone the Titans should
strongly consider drafting.Of course that is a reporter. In general
I sense the pro-Ziggy stories are accurate. We'll see.
"one was from an NFL scout saying he'd be awfully nervous taking Ziggy
with a first round pick."Motor, I see what you're saying.
As a BYU / Houston Texans fan, I'd be nervous if my team jumped at a
prospect who had played really just two seasons of college football no matter
what kind of athlete he appeared to be. So, much like the story about not
knowing how to put on his pads, I'm sure there will be moments at the
combine. But, I do think speed for someone of that size is rare so he's
going to get his chance.
Ziggy has only played American football for three years, so of course he's
far from a polished product. So it's not surprising that Ziggy would be
getting mixed reviews. Not every NFL team is willing to take a chance on
potential, but for one lucky NFL team who's willing to take that chance,
they could very well get a franchise player for a mid first round price.
lets hope he doesn't get injured there. I hope the advice and mentoring
that Bronco said he would get included Lloyds of London insurance.
I think Ziggy is going to be good. He played on a really good college defense
and was a star. Fact is, you can't coach speed and smarts. Ziggy has both.
He may not go in the 1st round, but I expect him to be playing pro football
somewhere.What a great story.
Re: MotorbikeI think that after today's game it is safe to say
that 1. Ansah is getting plenty of love from the National media, not just BYU
homers, and 2. Ansah is almost assuredly a first round draft pick. I too had my reservations regarding Ziggy and how he'd stack up to elite
competition. Many of my questions were answered this afternoon as he was the
MVP for the South team in the Senior Bowl, recording 7 tackles, 1.5 sacks, 3.5
tackles for loss, a forced fumble, and a pass break-up against some of the best
players in the country. The future looks bright for Mr. Ansah. Go Cougs!