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Published: Thursday, June 6 2013 5:00 a.m. MDT

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IdahoCoog
Malad City, ID

That is such an inspiring story, from such an articulate young man. Corby, I enjoyed watching you on the field, but am really excited for your future. You've got such great potential.

Sneaky Jimmy
Bay Area, CA

Very good story. It's nice to see a young man use a football scholarship for his long term benefit. It's nice to hear he had such a positive experience at BYU. I hope the non football playing non-members get the same love and appreciation.

SLCWatch
Salt Lake City, UT

You know I hear all these commentors complaining about how Bronco Mendenhall isn't a good football coach, how his priorities are messed up and how people can't relate to him. Well I have to say Corby Eason is reason enough to say that Coach Mendenhall has accomplished more than winning the National Championship, placing a hundred guys in the NFL or even beating a rival three times straight could ever mean. He has changed a life for eternity and that can't be under valued.

First value: God....Corby made it first too. Priceless

Second value: Family....Corby found and married his sweetheart for time and all eternity. Again priceless.

Third value: Friends...A whole "Happy valley" full. Priceless

Fourth value: Education....Got his degree and an education in life Priceless

Fifth value: Football...It's hardly worth mentioning with the others but Corby had a fantastic Division I experience with a legend team. Priceless

Frustration, wailing, ranting and nashing of teeth by a certian anti-BYU Deseret News commentor over an article like this? How sad and depressing.

I can only pray he would accept a tour of Happy Valley with Corby Eason.

Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT

slcwatch,

The thing is, kids at prestigious programs who have gone undefeated and won significant bowls in the past 30 years can have God AND family AND friends AND eduction AND WIN.

Or are you saying the kids at Alabama, Utah, Florida,... and other teams that have won significant prestigious bowls lately don't have god or friends or an education?

LOL!

I love a coach who knows kids can do what they want with god, still have friends, family, and education, and who knows his job is to WIN!

thebigsamoan
Richmond, VA

Winning in any sports at BYU, most especially in football and basketball, is very exciting, but it still doesn't compare to the joy of hearing about lives that's been changed for the better just by having the BYU experience. Great inspirational story! Thanks for sharing. And thank you Coach M for the influence you have on those kids!

Go Cougars!

STuFOO
Korea, AE

Chris B,

That isn't at all what slcwatch was saying, but because of your hatred, you take the argument someplace where only you could possible believe and then argue an invalid point.

He isn't saying that it can't happen someplace else. He is saying it happened at BYU for this particular player with the help of this particular coach.

It amazes me that you fain the victim in the hypocrisy of BYU fans and programs, all the while building farce arguments that are attacking and demeaning without once having an once of candor or self restraint.

You are the very epitome of what you claim BYU fans are.

"I love a coach... that knows how to win."

This shows how little you know about coaching. You need to read some books by some of the great coaches. They'll tell you they won because the cared about their kids first and their record second. I had lunch with Jimmy V before he passed. I guarantee that winning wasn't number one on his list.

SLCWatch
Salt Lake City, UT

@Chris B.
It's fifth, not 157th. Coach Mendenhall has a very good winning percentage and he has his priorities in order. (Here, I'll save you the trouble SOS,PAC12,BCS,and any I missed)

Do you think that commenting on BYU articles should be a #1 priority? I know you think you have a mandate from somewhere (who, none of us know) but seriously you should get another hobby.

Oh, and I don't think you need to "lol" yourself so much...people wonder about that.

Mauiman
Kihei, HI

Yeah I went to BYU back when we won just about every football and basketball game, 1978-82. I still love to see BYU win. The funny thing about life is that wins or losses are so important at the time but looking back a couple of years, your memory fades. But for athletes like Corby what he accomplished off the field has changed his life forever. He's creating new ever-lasting memories AND helping others to do the same.

idablu
Idaho Falls, ID

Chris B

Your posting on this article is very predictable, of course. And as with every other post of yours, all I can do is smile, shake my head, and say "wow."

Bluto
Sandy, UT

Two things are legendary here....

1-BYU's Football program (with the accompanying BYU experience) and the lifelong influence for the good it has on those fortunate enough to wear the hallowed Y.

And

2- Chrissy B's...Legendary "Insecurity" and "Dark Cloud" perpetually hovering above him..

It's breakfast time Chris...your lemons are ready for consumption.

Christy B
Salt Lake City, Utah

It's doubtful that anyone besides my jealous little sister would try to sandwich Utah between Alabama and Florida in a desperate attempt to make our fading flash-in-the-pan program seem more "prestigious", but she tries.

Corby Eason's story is inspiring and a great example of the positive influence BYU can have on young people, both athletes and non-athletes, even for non-LDS students who don't convert.

Cougsndawgs
West Point , UT

I've found it hard sometimes, and frustrating being a BYU fan because of some of the constraints we have with the honor code, and big time recruits leaving on missions, and no Sunday play, etc. Then I read stories like this, and see and hear how young men that play at BYU have been inspired and accomplished the more important things in life, and it's a beautiful reminder of why I'm a fan and love and care so much about BYU athletics. I guess it's because being a BYU fan is about more than just cheering the team and players on the field, it's about cheering for success on the field while honoring yourself, loved ones, and God off it. That's what makes BYU special in my mind...not that those experiences don't happen outside of BYU (Manti Teo's experience at ND was inspirational also) but that they seem to happen at BYU far more often than elsewhere where they only "care about whether a coach wins". Tradition, Spirit, Honor. BYU certainly displays it, LITERALLY, on their field, and most players are great embassadors that display it off the field as well.

Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT

StuFoo,

Yes, that is EXACTLY what he is slcwatch is saying

SLC Watch even says later:

It's fifth, not 157th

Why would there need to put a list of priorities unless there was a give and take?

Why not have it be this then?

God? 1
Football? 1
School? 1
Friends? 1
Family 1?

Why isn't is that.

YES, slcwatch is saying those other schools who don't pat themslevs on the back every time they talk about God and how righteous they are must not have these other things in their life.

STuFOO
Korea, AE

Chris B?

Seriously?

Take a look at your comment on at the end to see your lack of candor and the exact same self-righteousness that you claim he is having...

"YES, slcwatch is saying those other schools who don't pat themslevs on the back every time they talk about God and how righteous they are must not have these other things in their life."

You are the only one arguing that these schools don't and BYU does. Like you get to be the judge and jury of what BYU does and says.

The problem with your hatred is that you see things where things are not because you want to see them. You, again, added the words you use later as the basis of your argument.

I love how you not only speak for slwatch, you also speak about "prestigious" programs and what their value order is. Like you know them personally and can speak for where winning is in their structure.

For someone who once again claims "victim" of BYU self righteousness. You sure are ready and available to let everyone know how it is, whose in the know, and what it means.

Cougsndawgs
West Point , UT

Chris B:
I'm trying to imagine Nick Saban talking about Heavenly Father and the promptings of the spirit to one of his players, but it's just not working for me...I just can't picture it. Maybe since you know what he thinks and how things are at Alabama and Florida (Utah doesn't belong in the same discussion with them) you could help me visualize this possibility. And STuFOO justifiably called you out for the Strawman act (I was going to but he beat me to the punch and did so eloquently). You are so muddled in your BYU victimology you probably didn't even realize you were speaking for everyone. We forgive you. Now, take a deep breath, step back, and start over...that seems to help some people.

A Guy With A Brain
Enid, OK

@ Chris B - Salt Lake City, UT - "StuFoo, Yes, that is EXACTLY what he is slcwatch is saying. SLC Watch even says later: It's fifth, not 157th. Why would there need to put a list of priorities unless there was a give and take?

Why not have it be this then?

God? 1
Football? 1
School? 1
Friends? 1
Family 1?

Why isn't is that?"

Good question. Yes, why CAN'T it be like that?

Because no man can have 2 masters.

Who said that?

Jesus Christ.

Now, YOU argue with Him if you want. I will not.

Lose the hate. Good luck.

thebigsamoan
Richmond, VA

A while back Chris B. posted a comment that was complimentary of my LDS faith and I was shocked beyond belief because I didn't know he was capable of saying anything positive about the Church or BYU for that matter. I made a vow from then on that I will never again allow myself to be bothered by any of his posts anymore no matter how hateful they are. Amazingly, I'm smiling instead of fuming like I usually did when I read his posts. I think I understand him better now, and others like Naval Vet, etc, who share a very deep seated contempt and dislike of anything BYU, because they don't even try to hide it...unlike ETB and his sister Mildred who constantly posts insincere and cynical remarks in their comments pretending to be Cougar fans when they're not. I think their sole aim is to generate hate and mockery towards BYU. Seriously though, I'm being sarcastic when I say they're a brother and sister duo. I made that up because all their posts are almost always identical in aim and contents.

Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT

Guy with a brain,

You guys are having a tough time keeping up in the flow of the conversation.

SLC Watch listed the priorities of bronco.

I replied and asked slcwatch if he/she was implying that good football teams are incapable of being good students, families,.etc. just because their coaches want to win games and don't preach like bronco.

STFOO then told me that is not what slcwatch was implying.

I then replied to STfoo saying if that is not what slcwatch was implying, why then was there a need to list something as first, second, third. If slcwatch was not implying that good football athletes can't be good students, have good family relationships etc. then they can have football, God, family, and education all be #1.

And then you went on your rant, clearly showing you didn't understand the flow of the comments.

Let me propose something:

Go read all of the comments and the flow of them. If SLC watch is not implying that a good football player can't also be a good student, family member...etc then there is no need to rank them, because they can all be #1.

STuFOO
Korea, AE

Chris B.

Let's bring the whole thing to a level you can understand.

You're the one who is implying that a football player cannot be all of those things. You're the one trying to argue that because Bronco established a hierarchy where football is 5th,that he is somehow wrong. You are the one arguing and I quote your words, not anyone esle's

"Or are you saying the kids at Alabama, Utah, Florida,... and other teams that have won significant prestigious bowls lately don't have god or friends or an education?"

You are the one who built the straw man argument. slcwatch didn't say a football player cannot be all of them, you did. When you say "or are you saying..." you can't add your opinion and then claim that sclwatch said it and you want to argue it.

Please, rank your five most important things in your life so they can go under the same scrutiny that you place BYU's priorities. Remember, they all cannot be number one, but they can be close. We would love to give your list the same respect you gave his.

Tajemnica
West Valley, Utah

@Chris B
Don't be like the BYU fans that post ignorant hateful comments on utah's stories. It seems all you want to do is rile people up. You took a perfectly good uplifting story that said nothing against your utes and turned it in to your own hateful agenda. Read and post comments about stories about your utes. Be like Sneaky Jimmy... "Very good story. It's nice to see a young man use a football scholarship for his long term benefit. It's nice to hear he had such a positive experience at BYU. I hope the non football playing non-members get the same love and appreciation."... or some of the other commenters on this post whose comments reflect the actual article. And BYU fans do not post things on utah articles similar to what Chris B does here. And if we are arguing who is better, let stats and facts prove your points. Not bias, opinions, ignorance, and hatred.

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