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Published: Wednesday, Sept. 11 2013 8:00 a.m. MDT

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Y Grad / Y Dad
Richland, WA

I gotta say, I'm more proud of Kyle Van Noy and Eli Herring than I am of a national championship and Jim McMahon.

Although the NC and Jimmy Mac aren't too shabby...

Cottonwood Heights, UT

Put me on the proud of McMahon list. He will finish his credits at BYU and be in the BYU Hall of Fame. Considering what McMahon has dealt with over the years, that takes a lot of courage, humility and work as well.

I'm proud of both KVN and Jimmy Mac!

Lindon, UT

I'm glad he's a Cougar!

West Jordan, UT

This is what BYU is all about - reaching out an connecting to others and helping them along the way; rescuing the lost, downtrodden, broken-hearted. Kudos to Bronco for living the overall message of BYU, "Enter to learn, go forth to serve." It's more than just football - much more.

Tucson, AZ

Another great story. In leg braces as a child--wow. Overcoming loneliness and a life of partying. Another example of why Mendenhall is the right coach for BYU. Yes, part of BYU's mission is to win...but it is to win in so many ways off the field and within the scope of the mission of the church.

Orange County, CA

I'm impressed with KVN as a person. I saw him on the Cougar walk Saturday for a few seconds. His charisma was palpable.

River Falls, WI

Great article... even if KVN hadn't become the all-american he now is, his story is incredible and I'm sure his parents are very proud of the man he's become.

The follow-up to this excerpt is his honor code violation, delayed enrollment at the Y, and sticking to his original commitment and staying at the Y (despite several big time programs trying to sway him). And then, of course, his grooming of Ziggy, deciding to stick around for his senior season, and the inevitable success he will have this season. Movie in the making? Perhaps. Go Cougs!

Orem, UT


Our daugter wore leg braces when she was an infant to correct a pigeon-toed condition. By the time she was two, she was out of the braces and walking just fine.

The legs braces are not a big deal, but climbing out of a crib and crawling around while wearing those braces does demostration a lot of spunk and determination.

Roy, UT

KV's story reminds us all that there is a big reward for persistence as we strive for becoming. His loyalty to a value-centered BYU is much appreciated.

Funny/witty screen name
Orem, UT

I have a friend that went to high school with k van noy. She said he was a hard time partier, obviously you can tell from the article. But what a great man he has turned into! What a change! Hopefully he is fully invested in staying out of trouble cause he will soon be making the big bucks in the NFL. Proud of ya van noy, keep it up and destroy those up north!!

#1 Champ
Salt Lake City, UT

I had no idea. Kyle Van Noy is one cool cat.

Favorite defensive player in football.

DEW Cougars
Sandy, UT

We all know what he said why he chose to come back for his senior year was to get a degree, having fun during his senior year playing football and bring himself to where he can be drafted higher in the NFL. But, I wondered he feared after finishing and leaving BYU? We hope that he continue to stay in touch with Bronco M. and some of his best friends like Brandon Davies and other guys. I do remember that he had to wait one year before starting at BYU because of dui. There are a lot of good things and to do at BYU when being a student. Would it be interesting that Detroit Lions pick him so he can hang around with Ziggy? I would love to see him in 49ers. Have a good year Kyle.

Payson, UT

BYU is lucky to have van noy. He is a great football player - "elite" is probably a better word.

Probably still has some growing up to do, but cougars should be proud of him.

Well written story.

Pig Skin Fan
Syracuse, UT

Great article, Great Player, and Better Kid. Hope him the Best.

Mission Viejo, CA

Loved this story. So often a great player is "all about me". Obviously that is not the case with KVN. Impressive. Both games I've seen live (Ole Miss and SDSU in Poinsettia) were won by Kyle Van Noy. He's a very special player, and obviously a very special guy.

American Fork, UT

Love the article! Another great example of recruiting "fit." BYU is better off because of Kyle and Kyle is better off because of BYU.

Springville, UT

Kyle has been an inspiration to me and I'm a 72-year-old old fart. The brace story is one we had at our house with our daughter. But the thing I love about Kyle is decision to sit out his first year to come to a school he didn't want to go to at one time and work on his character. The strength of his character was on display then and was again when he came back for his senior year saying "I've got to finish what I started."

Of course, we fans are the beneficiaries and privileged to watch him play one more year at BYU (thanks Kyle. I understand Bronco's helping with Kyle's life path is paying reward for other young men because Kyle is now helping other young kids on the team. He has the football creds, and the credibility of going through trying times.

With that said, I am enjoyed watching such a quality young man. I hope he makes millions in the NFL and plays a long time so I can watch. Which ever teams drafts him will have my loyalty. Go KYLE! and the Cougs!

Salt Lake City, UT

This is a story worth more than all the football I have enjoyed for 50 years.
How many realize Jake Heaps helped Kyle Van Noy by letting him move in with him before coming to the Y?
Maybe this is the reason Jake Heaps gave two years of his life to the Y and not his football career.
Maybe Ziggy needed Kyle more than he needed football?
How many know Kyle has been taken in by a family with small children that worship him...as a big brother and not a football player?
Maybe the people who can't spell Bronco could remember what saving one soul is worth?
Maybe another National Championship isn't the only goal, but edification is?
I respect what Bronco has chosen to be much more than what he could be as a football coach.
I would send him all my son's and daughters.
They would all come back better men and women.

Salt Lake City, UT

Great story about a fine young man and a great player.

Stansbury Park, ut

I wish Chrissy B was here commenting that this young are not just football players they are human who are trying to better their life beyond football. What a sweet article!

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