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  • So. Cal Reader Escondido, CA
    May 4, 2011 6:21 p.m.

    Another great one. These are the vintage "Vai" updates I love. Very nice pictures, Via!! Can't wait for your next one.

  • Wolfpack81 South Jordan, UT
    May 4, 2011 11:36 a.m.

    I was at BYU during the last two years of Vai's college football career and we both left Provo the summer of 1986 (I graduated law school and he was drafted). Interestingly, I was presented the opportunity to speak with him at a fireside our last year at BYU, but my schedule wouldn't allow me to do so and another chance never came my way. Although I was correct in keeping my prior commitment, for many years now I have regretted not joining him to speak that day. Maybe it was for the best, given Vai's penchant for fighting and my proclivity for saying something stupid in an attempt at humor, especially concerning the famous or popular (see current sentence).

    Vai was a class act then and is even more of one now. Hopefully, my "bucket list" desire to speak with him about the things we both value the most--our families and the Gospel of Jesus Christ--will be fulfilled. Until then, I will hold on to the memory of our BYU days and what almost was.

  • gdog3finally West Jordan, Utah
    May 4, 2011 2:32 a.m.

    I look forward to each one of Vai's articles even though I am a Ute through and through. Vai's insight, experiences, perspectives, and writing ability altogether grabs me and takes me places (in my mind) I want to be. Rather it's memory lane or social/religious evaluation, Vai has me constantly checking for his latest stuff.

    I like to consider myself objective and I can find some boys in blue to be admirable. Have I seen the light? Don't go that far. Although I DON'T hate Max Hall, I do find Chad Lewis to be on the cheesy side. I can see why many a cougar fan digs Chad but Vai wins the prize for me.

  • Bitterman west jordan, ut
    May 3, 2011 11:54 p.m.

    Just write a book (or ten), and have done with it, Vai. In the mean time, we'll hang on every word.

  • BYUdude North Salt Lake, UT
    May 3, 2011 11:03 p.m.

    Wow I totally love your articles! Keep up the awesome work. I can't wait for your next piece and hear more about you NFL experiences.

  • Andy Tomasso Layton, UT
    May 3, 2011 6:05 p.m.

    Another great article. Grow back the mustache!

  • Bomar Roberts, ID
    May 3, 2011 5:13 p.m.

    Judging from the success Vai enjoyed in the NFL, I would ask him if he thinks he was given the opportunity at BYU to use his abilities to the fullest. Looking forward to the Friday edition.

  • TJ Eagle Mountain, UT
    May 3, 2011 3:07 p.m.

    Another great article. It is so refreshing compared to some of the other garbage and comments that appear here.
    Thank you Vai

  • Aggielove Junction city, Oregon
    May 3, 2011 1:44 p.m.

    You were teachable. Thats half the battle in sports....

  • BlueSaint South Jordan, UT
    May 3, 2011 12:47 p.m.

    The only thing wrong with Vai's articles is that I have to wait for the next one!...You see, tomorrow is not guaranteed, and I am afraid I might die before his next article!...

  • Mormon Ute Kaysville, UT
    May 3, 2011 12:34 p.m.


    I'm a Ute fan now, because that's where I went to school, but I was a BYU fan growing up. I left for my mission in easly October 1984 so I missed most of the championship season, but have followed the careers of many of the BYU players from that era including you. I also have a more personal connection to the 1984 Championship team. Kyle Morrell was the QB at my high school. I still remember him throwing the game winning hail mary pass with no time on the clock against our cross town rival in their stadium his senior year. He was a winner and so are you. I have enjoyed seeing you become so successful in football and in life. If my son were playing college or professional football, I'd want you to help him avoid the pitfalls. What you're doing is so helpful to so many who are following the same path. Keep it up!

  • Montana Mormon Miles City, MT
    May 3, 2011 11:53 a.m.

    Friday won't come soon enough!!!

    Thanks for the inside scoop on life in professional sports. I'm looking forward to the third installment of your NFL saga.

  • idablu Idaho Falls, ID
    May 3, 2011 11:29 a.m.

    I'm sure you were grateful for every penny you received in those early years, but I never knew minimum salaries were so low in the 80's, relatively speaking. I think they really took advantage of you initially. In retrospect, do you feel like your agent served you well? Maybe we'll find out in the next piece.

    Interesting article. It is really an eye-opener in many respects.

  • Uncle Rico Sandy, UT
    May 3, 2011 11:15 a.m.

    Why is Vai's stuff so head and shoulders above other writers.. cause he's been there done that. Nice article, looking forward to the next "Goach, my son is going to be an All-American"... classic!

    For those who don't know, you- tube: Vai Jose Canseco. Watch a guy who has lived an amazing life walk the walk.