Utah Utes football already missing inspirational 'honorary coach'

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  • sammyg Springville, UT
    April 3, 2011 5:47 a.m.

    Hats off to the Ute football program for all they did to bring a measure of joy for this young man and his family!

    My condolences to the family and the team for their loss.

  • JayDogg Orem, UT
    April 1, 2011 8:23 p.m.

    Hey Jay, enjoy your time back home with Heavenly Father. You deserve it. We all miss you bro.

  • Nostradamus Cottonwood Heights, UT
    April 1, 2011 6:29 p.m.

    Very cool - as the Father of a daughter with DS, it's heart warming to see classy comments across the board.

    RIP JRUDD....

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    April 1, 2011 11:24 a.m.

    I met JRUDD at a practice last year. I loved seeing his passion for Utah football. Rest in Peace.

  • Veritas Aequitas Fruit Heights, UT
    April 1, 2011 11:17 a.m.


    Wholeheartedly recommend.

  • Me, Myself and I Blanding, UT
    April 1, 2011 11:03 a.m.

    First off my thoughts and prayers are with all of those who are suffering from the loss of this exceptional individual. This story made my day to find out about such great acts of kindness and love between Jay and the U of U Football team. In a day and age when the news usually pulls ones spirits down this was a much needed boost to me. Thank you.

  • TheHailstorm South Weber, UT
    April 1, 2011 10:06 a.m.

    Today I send this comment from my entire family. Collectively we offer our sincere regards and heartfelt condolences to the family of Mr. Rudd. We are indeed saddened by the loss of this friend. Our family and friends today are somewhat uplifted knowing that perhaps Mr Rudd can rest easy, and with a smile from within, knowing that he had so many friends. We also send our special thank yous to the coaching staff and players of the University of Utah for adding more purpose and intrinsic happiness to this man and his life.
    Personally this story reminds me once more that Coach Whittingham is not just a coach but also a compassionate humanitarian. I commend him for granting Mr. Rudd hands on personal involvement in the football program up on the hill.
    Happy Trails Jay.
    Thank you again.
    Indeed, it's good to be a UTE !

  • aggieblue Saint George, UT
    April 1, 2011 9:24 a.m.

    Great job Utah, Whit and all. This is how it is supposed to be, classy, more to life than winning loosing. We have two high schools down here that have displayed that type of outreach to special young men. The fans, coaches and players of the opposing teams have shown great spirit and support as well.

    Best to Jay's family and our prayers are with them. God bless.

  • pocyUte Pocatello, ID
    April 1, 2011 8:33 a.m.

    My best to Jay's family

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    April 1, 2011 8:32 a.m.

    My aunt, who had downs syndrome, died last month. Like most people with downs she was a complete joy to be around with an unconditional love for people. I think this is a wonderful story about how one man, Jay Rudd, could influence and bring joy to an entire group of people. I am sorry to hear he has passed on and my condolences go out to all who knew him.

  • Mormon Ute Kaysville, UT
    April 1, 2011 8:25 a.m.

    My heart goes out to Jay's family and the Utes. RIP Jay!

  • DaveKnowsWhatsUp Bloomington, IN
    April 1, 2011 8:10 a.m.

    My sincere condolences to the Rudd family. It's stories like this that remind me that in the end, we're really all on the same team, and acts of goodness and kindness need to be celebrated no matter which color of shirt we wear.

  • Veritas Aequitas Fruit Heights, UT
    March 31, 2011 10:31 p.m.

    I am very sorry to hear of the passing of Jay Rudd. What a great experience for an exceptional person.

    It is inspirational to hear stories of the beauty that sports can bring into individual lives.

  • Rob Logan, UT
    March 31, 2011 10:02 p.m.

    Wonderful. It sounds like such a positive thing all around.

  • Ted H. Midvale, UT
    March 31, 2011 9:43 p.m.

    I've heard about this guy a couple times. Sounded like an awesome addition to the Ute team and program. Awesome that he could get involved like that and do something he loved.