Blessing in disguise: career-ending injury didn't stop BYU athlete

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  • nothegame Saratoga Springs, UT
    Sept. 1, 2011 4:27 p.m.

    I played in the Utah high school all-star game with Danny. Without a doubt the best athlete on the team. Great story glad all has worked out for him.

  • Jannar13 TOOELE, UT
    Sept. 1, 2011 4:06 p.m.

    I'm glad someone mentioned that Danny played football for Tooele. I have very fond memories of Danny and all of his family. I worked with his younger brother for a while. My husband and I were blessed to be able to attend the temple with his mother when she received her endowment. Thank you for this wonderful story. It has been many years since I have seen Danny but I think of him often and I am so happy for his wonderful life. His success doesn't surprise me at all. He was always a fantastic person.

  • Rikitikitavi Cardston, Alberta
    Aug. 31, 2011 11:41 p.m.

    I love how Bronco and others affiliated with the fine young men and women at BYU have the true perspective on life. Yes indeed there are a few things just a bit more important in life than sports. Meanwhile keep it up and Go Cougars. Sometimes we even get to experience the best of both worlds.

  • Pagosa Kid SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    Aug. 31, 2011 7:06 p.m.

    I was a missionary serving in the Texas Houston Mission and attended that game with most of the mission. They played the game in Houston because the A&M stadium was under renovations. I remember the game well. Actually rode to the game from Beaumont with a member and his father in law who was a huge Texas A&M fan. It was a memorable moment in time. I think I remember Danny getting injured in that game. Another great story of someone finding success thru adversity.

  • WA_Alum&Dad Marysville, WA
    Aug. 31, 2011 5:15 p.m.

    I never made the father-son connection until this story. I agree with others that these are my favorite sports stories. Danny was a beast back in the day, and he remains the man today. I "walked" with him in 1986. Just one more reason to root for Jamison, who has always impressed me. Thanks, brethren, for representing so well.

    Go Cougars!

  • HaHaHaHa Othello, WA
    Aug. 31, 2011 3:20 p.m.

    Met Danny Frasier at a fireside where he spoke, before his injury. I always wondered what became of him. Great story, and glad to hear that he is still an impressive, happy, charming guy.

  • Johnny Triumph American Fork, UT
    Aug. 31, 2011 2:53 p.m.

    Article reminds me of my dad, promising athlete in Football and Basketball, his brother played at BYU and then in the NFL and my dad was headed that direction as well but was hurt Frosh year which led to his mission and greater emphasis on academics. I've certainly benefited from his efforts and the change that injury caused.

  • XelaDave Salem, UT
    Aug. 31, 2011 12:54 p.m.

    I can think of about 30 people I know that need to read this- great stuff

  • BYU Grad Alpine, Utah
    Aug. 31, 2011 11:50 a.m.

    Great article, the kind we need to focus on at BYU. We could do with a little less pressure on the coaches to win and a little more emphasis on the men of character that our institution attracts.

  • gbo Draper, UT
    Aug. 31, 2011 11:24 a.m.

    I know Danny personally and have experienced his Magic Johnson smile, his awesome laugh, and my hand disappearing into his while shaking it. He is a great man with a great family. My son played with Jameson in high school and we've been blessed from our friendship with the Fraziers. Great article Doug.

  • Serenity Now Highland, UT
    Aug. 31, 2011 11:24 a.m.

    Great story. I remember Danny Frazier working as a gym teacher at the MTC when I was there the summer of 1982---incredible athlete and person.

  • supainthehills Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Aug. 31, 2011 10:34 a.m.

    Via has shared stories about Frazier in his blog that have all been very moving. I admire so many different things about his story, but the part I love the most is how he has never seen himself as a 'victim'!!! Far too often the challenges seem to define too much of the story. Instead, Frazier does what we all should do...he sees the light in all of his experiences. By never playing the victim he's able to feel gratitude for ALL the blessings (past and current) that have made his life all that it is. Through that he has continued to progress and become the great man that he is. Thank you for your remarkable, touching, thought provoking, and inspiring life!!!!

  • AZ Blue & Red Gilbert, AZ
    Aug. 31, 2011 9:44 a.m.

    Thanks for the story. Talk about a modern day Pioneer.

    Remember the Texas A&M game well. I got engaged to my wife that night. Looks like 2 happy endings.

  • So. Cal Reader Escondido, CA
    Aug. 31, 2011 9:43 a.m.

    Another Doug Robinson special! I love his special interest articles! No one does them better. I agree w/ TJ. In the ultimate scheme of things, sports is even smaller than a blip on the ol' screen. Frazier has well prepared himself and his family, even into the 3rd generation now, about what's really important in life. I remember watching Frazier play when the team would come to San Diego, as well as Glen Redd. Redd was an absolute beast! He spoke at a youth fireside prior to one of the Holiday Bowl's. Dude's neck was the size of a tree trunk! I can't even imagine running into him helmet-to-helmet! Keep up the great example Danny Frazier!!

  • TJ Eagle Mountain, UT
    Aug. 31, 2011 9:31 a.m.

    Great story, great man. There are so many things in life that are more important than sports.

  • Don't Feed the Trolls Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 31, 2011 9:19 a.m.

    Frazier played high school ball in Tooele as memory serves (I lined up opposite him) and as the BYU website will confirm. He was a tiny lineman as a Frosh at Tooele and obviously grew.

    Frazier's mother and family eventually moved to Provo, where his mother worked for the Utah Department of Employment Services. Danny and his sisters got great attitude, height and good looks from their mother. The Fraziers lit up the BYU campus with their smiles and outgoing nature. Everyone in Provo knew of and liked the Frazier family.

  • Mr. Moots Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 31, 2011 9:17 a.m.

    What a great story. Thanks for sharing it. I love hearing how people overcome obstacles in life. This story has buoyed me up today.

    Keep it up!

  • ER in EUR Belgrade, Serbia
    Aug. 31, 2011 9:16 a.m.

    What a great example! Thank you for the perspective.

  • RepresentBlue West Jordan, UT
    Aug. 31, 2011 9:10 a.m.

    What a great story! This is why I am a BYU fan.

  • Cougarista Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 31, 2011 8:52 a.m.

    Thanks for the human interest story on this great person. Was it Frazier who said "The field is black and ready for harvest?:

  • SoakDizzle Craig, CO
    Aug. 31, 2011 8:48 a.m.

    I have known Danny and his family since I was a young man and he was our Young Men leader in the LDS Church. I can't say enough about this guy as he was definitely a great example to the youth and was a big influence on the way I lived my life in those critical days of "growing up". He and Joy have raised such a beautiful family. Thanks to the DesNews for printing such a great story about such a neat man. These are the articles that make me a DesNews reader. I am very lucky to know Danny and am grateful for the life he lives and the example he sets for others. And on another note - I look forward to watching Jameson tear up the field this season! GO COUGARS!! -Carl Sokia

  • EJM Herriman, UT
    Aug. 31, 2011 8:12 a.m.

    Great feature.....and a story on life that every athlete should read!

  • DEW Cougars Sandy, UT
    Aug. 31, 2011 8:10 a.m.

    My first day at BYU was 1979 and I didn't know about the game untill at the end. It was Texas A&M and I did remember about this one guy who broke his neck in that game. Wow, he made it throw with success all around in him.

  • AzTim Gilbert, AZ
    Aug. 31, 2011 7:52 a.m.

    Wow! I had always wondered about this beast of a football player named Danny Frazier. Thanks for telling his story. I went to BYU from '75-78 and remember well how this gifted athlete became a one-man wrecking crew on defense. I had forgotten about his injury which explains why I don't remember seeing him in the NFL. What a great story of "moving on" to bigger and better things. Thanks.

  • History Minor Jacksonville, Florida
    Aug. 31, 2011 6:53 a.m.

    Actually, the sentence should read "were among the first blacks to play basketball for the Cougars." Gary Batiste was the first African-American to play basketball at BYU. Rice and Frazier came after Batiste.

  • rj Moss, Norway
    Aug. 31, 2011 1:19 a.m.

    Great story! I'm too young to remember a lot of these former players with a rich history and strong ties to the present. I'd love to read about more of them!

  • 79Ute Orange County, CA
    Aug. 31, 2011 12:55 a.m.

    I know Danny and can't say enough good about him.