You know who that GT receiver was? You guess it! It was Detroit Lions WR, AKA
Megatron Calvin Johnson. Weddle ate him alive that afternoon, and Johnson had
the size and speed advantage over Weddle. Weddle has always been and will
continue to be a class act, on and off the field. The Chargers knew what they
were doing trading up to pick # 37 to take Weddle in the 2007 NFL Draft. 2 years
ago he signed the biggest contract in the HISTORY of the NFL for a safety. More
than Ed Reed, etc. Weddle is quite the NFL player, and I hope he continues to
have success on and off the field for years to come. One of the greatest all
time UTES out there. Can't wait to read this book.
TruBlueSalt Lake City, UTHeadline had a memorable day that
day! But my favorite memory of Weddle that day was after the game and his
sincere heart felt congratulations to Beck. No 5 seconds ever more accurately
illustrated the magnificent nature of a man.
Seems like a good guy. I always admire athletes who come back and try to do
something for their school.Best of luck to Eric for continued
success in the NFL.
Another Coug, who is also a huge fan of Eric Weddle. First class comes in all
colors!! Good story, great player, great man.
Was that receiver named Calvin Johnson?Weddle's awesome. I
don't care where he played.
@ Who am I sir?and do you know who that wide receiver was? Calvin
Johnson! The best wide receiver in the NFL. Eric Weddle is an amazing
competitor. You could put him at offensive tackle and he would find a way to
get the job done.
For those who may have missed it....We have some serious talent hitting campus
this summer, including DY--"Future Ute Dre'Vian Young took
state in the 400m with a time of 46.8. Serious Speed coming to Utah
Still remember the bowl game when Weddle was asked to cover Calvin Johnson and
he showed him who was boss that day. Weddle was a fun one to watch because he
played lock down defense and was such an electric playmaker.
I am a HUGE BYU fan but can say Eric Weddle is a great man. What a tremendous
example he is to young people and old. So glad he is no longer player for the
Utes...Erid, you were a real pain in the neck for we Cougars. Good luck!
TruBlue,I haven't been following Harline. What's he doing
@EdGrady"The Eric Weddle story? Boooooring."Sorry, you did not find this as riveting as a Bronco press conference or a
talk in general conference! But hold on, the part of his conversion will have
you on the edge of your seat.In addition I would not be surprised if
this was not made required reading by the BYU football staff (and perhaps
others) to tell their recruits the attributes which would make them successful.
(The Y may change the names and any other link that would identify the U!) But
the Y would never admit to a recruit that in order to have a chance in the Pros
as a defensive back they should have chosen another school.
Weddle's story is as inspiring as any of my favorite Cougar's stories.
Quite simply, one of the best College football players to ever play in this
state. How could anyone not cheer him on? Go Weddle! Go Cougars.
One of my favorite memories (of many!) of Eric Weddle was his match-up against
the All American receiver from Georgia Tech in a bowl game in San Francisco
(Freedom Bowl?) Georgia Tech was heavily favored. In talking to some Tech fans
before the game about all I could say was, "I'm interested in seeing
how our safety, Eric Weddle, does against your receiver." I watched this
match-up the entire game. Weddle was beaten one time... so what did he do? He
grabbed the jersey and got a 15 year penalty. Other than that the receiver made
two catches the entire game for less than a total of 20 yards. Eric won the
battle - the Utes won the war!
I'm looking forward to reading this book. I've always admired Eric
Weddle for his heart on the field and integrity off it. I know it doesn't
mean much because I'm a BYU fan, but he's definitely my favorite ute
player of all time.
Maui, that was Doug Robinson from the DNews who said the team should give him
two scholarships. But Wyoming's former coach once said he definitely
deserved to win the Heisman Trophy.
Eric Weddle is an amazing guy! He's a convert to the church who does
firesides regularly in California, so byu fans should be interested in his story
as well. I will certainly give this book a chance, if I had a young son who
needed a good role model I would totally buy him this book.
My favorite memory of Weddle is him trying to stop Jonny Harline during the 2006
BYU-Utah game. He played his little heart out but couldn't quite get it
done. Still, though, his legacy is cemented as one of the best
players the Utes have ever had.
The Eric Weddle story? Boooooring.
Class act! I loved watching him play.
Not a Ute fan but have to recognize greatness. His pick by San Diego was even
questioned. I loved one college coach telling him he plays so many positions he
should have 2 scholarships.
I am a life-long BYU fan, but Eric Weddle is one of my favorite football
players. He is excellence and class personified.
Amen to all the great posts about Weddle. Great is his middle name. (I am true
I hope his long term health is not impacted by his intensity. He's a great
player and apparently a nice guy off the field. Best wishes for continued
Can't wait for the next segment. Class person, great player, outstanding
Ute. Looking at the 35 Utes on current NFL rosters, there are some incredible
success stories. Steve Smith, Miake Komoeatu, Jordan Gross, Alex Smith, Weddle
and Paul Soliai (all prior to '09) and since then to many to single out!
Truly, the U has been a pipeline to the pro's and many have proven to be
starters and achieve post season accolades! Thanks for the memories! It truly
is a great time to be a Ute!
Great Ute! Great Charger!
I've got enough Ute blood in my veins to really like and respect Weddle.
It doesn't matter the team there are good guys all over college football.
Dad-South High-UtahMom-West High-Utah (Happy Mother's
Day) Me-99.75% COUG!!!!
Great article. This will be a fun series to read while we wait for the 2013
season to get underway. Hopefully, Weddle's story and on the field
attitude will inspire our current Utes to go after all that our great conference
has to offer. Eric Weddle...one of the all time Utah greats!
Fond memories of Weddle, Revill, Scalley, Mcbride, and yes, Meyer too.And the Ute tradition lives on. Go Utes.
As a lifelong Ute fan (42 years) who has followed the Utes and had season
tickets in football and basketball going way back, Eric Weddle is my all time
favorite Ute. I love his accomplishments, his character, and the way he plays.
My favorite Ute player of all time.
Eric was/is a stud. Class act.
One of the best Utes of all time.