It was one of the happiest days of Sonny Detmer's life, but there was no time for a celebration.
Detmer's son, Ty Detmer, the Brigham Young University quarterback, won the Heisman Trophy on Saturday.Detmer, who has set or tied 25 NCAA passing and total offense records, became the first BYU player and third consecutive junior to win college football's most important award.
But Sonny Detmer wasn't in Honolulu, where Ty was preparing for the Cougars' season finale against Hawaii, nor was he in New York, where the award was announced.
He was in Kingsville, where he was preparing his Mission Eagles for a football game with San Antonio Madison in the Class 5A high school playoffs.
Detmer's other son, Koy, is a junior quarterback for Mission.
The Detmer family watched the awards ceremony, which was held at New York's Downtown Athletic Club, on television.
Sonny Detmer and his wife, Betty, held each other and cried for several minutes after the announcement. The proud father said the excitement surrounding the Heisman, coupled with preparations for the playoff game, had taken a toll on his nerves.
"Oh boy, this was rough," Sonny Detmer said after the announcement. "You're nervous, game-wise. This is double trouble. How would you feel? I've got a wet nose and runny eyes."
"Your heart stops," said Ty's older sister, Dee. "It seemed like forever. We had been waiting for this. I've been hoping and hoping."
Betty Detmer, Ty's mother, said it was one of the happiest days of Sonny's life.
"He's almost as proud as when he was born," Betty Detmer said.
Koy Detmer, who finished the regular season as the third-leading passer in Class 5A with 2,238 yards, said he was glad the hoopla was over.
"It was pretty nerve-wracking," he said. "Everybody was excited and nervous. It boiled down to the last second. When it was over it was a relief."