So many of these commenters are smarter and more connecte than the writer and
the rest of us...I think from now on I'll just skip the article and read
the comments...NOT!Good luck, Braden! Hope you can hear the snap
Great story! Keep up the good work.
Good luck Braden.I don't know enough about the Cougar OL or it's
Coaches to have a relevent thought, just hoping you go the rest of the season
injury free and get a shot at a NFL career.
@StGtoSLCvery funny stuff! Nice post.@IndyCrimsonGood post as well.Coming into the season I had high hopes
for Braden and so did a lot of football experts. Phil Steele had him listed
(iirc) as a 2nd or 3rd team All-American and potential being the top 3 guards
being drafted. Then fall camp started and he was missing time with
the starters because of some issues with the weight/fitness program and his
goals not being met, and when the season started and our OL started having
problems on the field holding their own I started to get concerned about his
prospects for going pro. I'd hate to see what happened with Matt Reynolds
happen to Braden. I think this presents a glaring indicator of the
quality of the BYU OL coach if he falls off the radar like Matt Reynolds did.
So. Cal Reader, thanks for reading my comment for what it was, which is a
good-hearted jest. Hansen does seem like a good dude, like a lot of other former
and current BYU players I've met are. Good luck to him, but always have
that contingency plan. $6k/month being on a practice squad for 2 or 3 years is
not fair trade for the toll the body takes in that time.
Nice article about a good kid. Hope he continues to do well at BYU and has a
shot at the NFL.
Hansen certainly seems like a tremendous individual, and the Cougs roster is
full of them. I loved indycrimson's comment (and StGtoSLC for that manner)
and am glad Hansen was able to serve a mission. But, this is a sports article so
let's get football facts straight: "Everyone always knew Braden was
going someplace in football." And where has Hansen actually "gone",
other than start 3 years for BYU? This article makes Hansen come across as the
next #1 draft pick. For most college football players, the NFL is considered
"the place" to go. Hansen's injury bug, I believe, will hamper his
draft status. The article mentions Matt Reynolds. All we Cougs fans thought that
guy was destined for stardom in the NFL. Is being a non-draft free agent &
toiling on the Eagles' Practice Squad "making it"? The facts are
facts- there are great odds against any Cougs O-lineman "making it" in
I'm a huge Ute fan and alumnus...but am a bigger fan of Braden. 5 years
ago we worked side by side in a labor of love in the very poorest part of
Philadelphia. He was Elder Hansen then and was the hardest working and most
loved person involved in our project.Whatever he accomplishes in
football will not impress me more than what he did in NE Philly!Good
luck Braden from a big Ute and Braden Hansen fan!!
"He's getting calls from agents wanting to sign him after the season in
preparation for the NFL Draft. "He's also getting calls
from officials wanting him to back up five yards.