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Published: Friday, Sept. 19 2014 10:05 a.m. MDT

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Austin Coug
Pflugerville, TX

Amazing story. Thanks for writing it Mike.

Provo, UT

Cool story...

El Chango Supremo
Rexburg, ID

WHAT!?!? They let his heart go to a UTE?!?!

I'm kidding of course... Wonderful story! In our Heavenly Father's eyes, we are all wearing the same jersey!

Kearns, UT

As a U Alum that cheers for the Y, I can be happy on both sides of this story.

G L W8

Too frequently, we let our commitments as sports fans push things that really matter out of the way. We need to have more of this type of story, and more often.
I have regard for both universities' sports programs, but from a fan base, at least, they are mere and temporary entertainment. On the other hand, both universities excel in many academic and scholarly research levels that have a level of permanence and impact effecting people’s lives. We ought to encourage and celebrate those, respect the athletes from both institutions for their success, and honor what alumni from both achieve in their personal and professional lives.
That being said, it's wonderful that such a miracle could happen to the parties involved in this story, aside from the coincidental university connections.


Thank you for the article. I was shocked when I read that Ken Gardner was the recipient of the heart. I played Little League Baseball with Ken in the 1960's and followed his career. Such tender mercies. Jay Baggs, Dallas Texas

West Jordan, UT

Awesome story. Puts life in perspective. Also, it was greeat seeing Coach Lavell Edwards and Coach Ron Mcbride with each other like old times.

One question: "Why can't Kyle and Bronco get along?"

Provo, UT

Life transcends sports.

Salt Lake City, UT

"Rivals" does not mean enemies.
It's competition not combat.
It's giving your best, even your heart.
It's humbly accepting a hand or a heart when you need it.
I am edified by this story.
Coincidence is just a long word for God's matchless love.

West Point , UT

What an amazing story. I don't imagine there was a dry eye at that first meeting. I was surprised at how this story touched my heart as I read it. THIS is what rivalries are about...yes, kidding and ribbing each other, but recognizing the good and human side of us all and remembering that when on the field or court of competition. Great story Mike!

Gillette, WY

Wow - Just - Wow!

Surf is Up
Miami, FL

@SLCWatch-- you are exactly right. It is the fans that seem to form boundaries of hatred and malice towards each other. The programs and most of the players seem to be able to keep it in perspective. Most of them.

This is a great story. I'm sure it all happened for a reason. God bless all parties involved.

Safford, AZ

Thank you for sharing this touching story.
This is a beautiful Heaven's Pure Love of Christ story.
Thank you so very much!
Debbie Adams (Mother of five daughters and Grandmother of three precious grand babies)
(Safford,AZ Stake)

Provo, UT

Personally, I am really sick of hearing about Utah vs. BYU. It is nauseating.
People are obsessive compulsive over a stupid collegiate so called sport. It is absolutely ridiculous. Can't they just have said one person helped another? Geez.

Danville, CA

Nice article, wonderful story. It is so nice to read an article about BYU and Utah and not have all the negative comments afterward. Let's have this article be the beginning of a new trend where we don't spew hate and vitriol in the guise of loyalty to our school.

Logan, UT

@ ImABeliever:

A quick fix to your sickness problem is to just quit reading the comment sections after Ute and BYU college sports stories.

I and many others have cut down dramatically in our getting involved with those comment sections which do almost nothing but spew rival animosity. This story created a refreshing difference.

truth in all its forms
henderson, NV

This is a heartwarming story.

Provo, UT

@ Sagacious. This is America; people can do what they please. The people who are sick are the ones that are obsessive compulsive.

Stringer Bell
Henderson, NV

Re: I'm a believer "This is America; people can do what they please."

Correct, but please don't complain to the rest of us after you do it.


A beautiful story. Also, very classy comments. Maybe there really is room for both of our Ute and Cougar fan bases to coexist in our state.

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