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Published: Friday, April 18 2014 3:35 p.m. MDT

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Provo, UT

Good on you Jim... Great job

Cottonwood Heights, UT

This is great news! Way to go Jim. All your fans have hoped for a positive outcome to this dilemma. Looking forward to seeing #9 in the Hall of Fame.

Austin, TX

Go Jim, I can't wait to see your # hanging from the stadium.

Mapleton, UT

As a freshman at BYU, I loved watching Jim M. play at Cougar Stadium back in the "Miracle Bowl" season.

Now looking forward to seeing his number prominently displayed there soon!

Congratulations on finishing up the degree!

Mormon Ute
Kaysville, UT

Congrats to a legend!

Phoenix, AZ

Good job Jim for not expecting the easy way and fulfilling the requirements instead of expecting people to accommodate you simply because you're Jim McMahon. Good job BYU for not creating a different standard just because he was an awesome quarterback. This shows the rest of the world that people can raise themselves to a standard instead of lowing the bar simply to include everyone. Probably the best story of the month.

Mark from Montana
Davis County, UT

Yes, call me unimpressed. So the only reason he wants to graduate is so he can gain recognition with the HOF. I guess that is better than not doing it, but it why I continue to say it is time to remove sports from college. Money should be spent on educating the next generation not on sports. I would rather see McMahon finish school as an example to youth on the importance of an education.

Monticello, UT

Great Job Jim!! Congratulations, all the best to you.

Spanish Fork, UT

Extremely impressed by Jim's willingness to fulfill the requirements without asking to be an exception. Impressed with BYU for not knuckling under to the whiners and doing what they said they would do. In this culture we need more and more people who set and live standards for excellence.

Brent T. Aurora CO
Aurora, CO

Understand the NFL career and accomplishments don't line up for this, but McMahon is the best QB I've ever seen -- Montana, Staubach, Elway, Marino, Tarkenton, Brady, Manning, Young... guy could hit a dime at 80 yards. NCAA-wise he held a bunch of records at once eclipsed that senior season by one Marcus Allen for the Heisman and some other hardware. But he was an awesome player and force on the field... and his legend at BYU deserves to be commemorated as this graduation will finally allow. Congratulations.

Merrimack, NH

Congratulations, Jim!!!!! This is awesome! I'm going to make a serious effort to travel from the east coast to attend whatever game it is when they hang that jersey at LES. It will be epic!!! I hope BYU blows it up big for Jim! No matter who the opponent will be that day, I have no doubt that it will sell out, easy.

Henry Drummond
San Jose, CA

Glad to hear some good news coming from Jimbo.

Boise, ID

It is a long road from wanting to be the exception to being exceptional. I am happy that McMahon is going the distance and getting his degree. He is very deserving of the honor which I hope will be his soon. I kind of felt myself drifting to the exception crowd with the talk of McMahon's concussion issues. It is much better this way. Congratulations!

Lindon, UT

Doesn't sound like he's planning on walking in the convocation but I wish he would. He's a Communications major and my daughter will be graduating from that dept. too. It would sure be fun to see that! Way to go, Jim! Now, just don the cap and gown to make it official.

Salt Lake City, UT

This is so cool!

Hurricane, UT

Congrats to Jim McMahon! Glad to see he found the proper motivation to finish! As a life-long Cougar fan, it is a great day! So many start college and fall short of finishing for various reasons. No one can take the degree away! Thanik you!

Y Grad / Y Dad
Richland, WA

Mark from Montana
Davis County, UT

Fair comment, but I disagree. I too have a degree from BYU that is largely ceremonial. University is about so much more than just an education. The education is the foundation, not the pinnacle.

Bakersfield, CA

The reason Jim McMahan is the greatest QB in BYU history is the 56 pt AVE. he put up on Utah!

4 in a row!
Ogden, UT

Another clutch performance!

Still, the greatest ‘gamer’ of all time.

As a fan of the game, still my all time favorite.

This is a QB that begs the defense to blitz.

Congratulations number nine!

Issaquah, WA

To those that think sports should not be part of the college program, I have to wonder how many of you actually played competitive sports in your life. I'm sure there are some that did, and still feel that sports don't belong as part of the campus experience, but either way, I simply have a difficult time understanding your logic.

The life lessons learned through competitive sports quite often far exceed that which can be learned in a lecture hall or classroom. The same line of reasoning could also be applied to dance classes, orchestra, drama, etc. All of these types of activities are incredibly enriching and educational. I try to be open minded about this topic, but again, I see the logic on the other side of this argument as overwhelmingly rudimentary.

And, as long as we're on the subject of Jim McMahon, I wish to say thank you for the example that you have set for so many other people. Not just with finishing your degree (although that's part of it), but just in general. Great job!

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