There were a lot of champions in that crowd.
Dick, thanks for the expanded list, most of the guys I missed were on the new
list, even my cousin David King, who lost his dad too soon, in 2016. There were
40 years of BYU football coming together to honor an exceptional man, and
rekindle memories. Each player had a story, Glen Titenser was a UCLA transfer, a
BYU Great who went onto play for the NFL Cowboys. Brady Oates who was a center
for the NY Giants, signed by the 49'ers to become the guy who touched the
ball before Steve Young on every down. I didn't see Brian Mitchell who was
a terrific player then coach. This group of guys brought me a lot of joy
from a young age to the old guy I am today. Thanks!
What an amazing gathering of just about all of the BYU Greats from my childhood
on. Wouldn't that have been fun to attend.
Wow.. What an article. What an attendance. All my child hood
hero's... Missed Glen Redd, Todd Shell as was mentioned above.Anyway, O the impact one person can have on so many, by just being decent, by
caring, and by allowing players and coaches freedom. What a remarkable man,
with an even more remarkable wife. LaVell.... You will be sorely
missed. We all love you and are grateful for the quality of your life.
Thanks Dick for another very touching piece. I know that this would have been
inappropriate and unwelcome, but wouldn't it have been wonderful to have a
video of the entire meeting? To be able to preserve the players coming together
and their remembrances would have been a treasured item for both the former
players as well as the fan base.There are a few guys that were not on the
list but were very special players to me, Stacey Corley, Todd Shell, Mo
Elewonibe, Bill Ring, Ryan Hancock, Bart Oaks, are just some of the guys, I hope
are OK, but were unable to come for whatever reasons. It was great to note that
the Whittingham's all came as well as Chris Farasopous (so?) maybe the best
special teams player ever at BYU.
Was Kyle Morrell there? (list didn't show him)1981-1984, 4 yr
letterman, 2 yr starter, captain his senior year, did the
airborne-before-the-snap shoulder-pad tackle of Rafael Cherry at Hawaii,
All-American, drafted 4th round by the Vikings. I think he lives in Farmington?
Athletically speaking, he's one of my heroes. That guy was the BEST Free
Safety that BYU has EVER had. Sad to see LaVell leave us.Goi Cougars!!!
Blake Murdock, Jeff Nilsson, Scott Collie....
Thanks for all the memories, Coach. You may be gone. but you will never. ever,
Who made the Funeral Potatoes?
Great story, thanks for relating this!
Been a fan watching since first attending the Y in 1969-70 which was
Hudspeth's last year as the coach. That spring the scrimmage was sparsely
attended and those students who came cheered loudly when a paper airplane,
launched from the top of the east stands, made it all the way down to the field.
The coaches and players turned around, wondering why the students were cheering
so loudly. Next year, LaVell was the head coach and the rest is history.The only time I ever met him was at the Las Vegas Bowl the year it was
super windy (2009 I think and the opponent was Oregon State), and the Y was
ahead at halftime, as we were walking past each other under the stands getting
refreshments. I said "There's LaVell Edwards" and he and Patti
stopped while he shook my hand, smiling (very rare for him). I asked if he
thought we could hold onto the lead the next half and he replied "Oh yeah,
we'll win this game." Of course he was gracious and kind, as that was
his nature. Patti married well, as did he. Thanks for all the memories and
great times at BYU games we personally enjoyed as a family for many years,
Thanks, Dick, for telling us BYU fans about this incredible event. Once in a lifetime for sure. All BYU greats in one room. Amazing!
Wow, just wow. What a group, there to honor one of the greatest coaches in
college football history.