A Cougar converted: Mark Bellini, the '84 national championship and beyond

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  • Kenngo1969 Tooele, UT
    June 19, 2015 5:49 p.m.

    Any story in which someone is quoted as beginning a sentence with the word, "Golly!" is worth reading in my book! ;-D (And congrats to Brother Bellini.)

  • Joyful Life Riverton, UT
    Jan. 12, 2013 7:27 p.m.

    Great story! I had a Spanish class with Mark at BYU and remember how kind he was off the field. So happy to know a little more about his conversion and about his life after BYU. Beautiful family!

  • Florwood American Fork, UT
    Dec. 20, 2012 9:08 a.m.

    John Fugal was my BYU bishop my freshman year. A great man, still alive today.

  • Cougarista Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 19, 2012 9:18 p.m.

    That is what football should be about - life. Thanks for a wonderful story.

  • LivinLarge Bountiful, UT
    Dec. 19, 2012 7:51 p.m.

    This story was so good I read it twice and smiled, thinking, this world is a great place for the honest in heart...Mark, thanks for your example and living a life that exemplifies what matters most.

  • JoeCoug OREM, UT
    Dec. 19, 2012 6:02 p.m.

    Fantastic article! I love reading of conversion stories and, with my sports fanaticism, even better when it involves an athlete. I wish you the best, Mark, and appreciate your articles, Trent. Keep 'em comin'!

  • Wookie Omaha, NE
    Dec. 19, 2012 5:23 p.m.

    Great Story...thank you for sharing your story...truly inspiring.

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    Dec. 19, 2012 3:57 p.m.

    I know Mark, he's a good guy. Love's to hunt now days so that makes him an even better guy :)

  • Coach Biff Lehi, UT
    Dec. 19, 2012 3:25 p.m.

    Played with both Bellini brothers. Both class acts.

  • Utes Fan Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 19, 2012 3:04 p.m.

    Nice story. I still remember Bellini making lots of plays in the '84 season. I listened on the radio frequently then, as I worked most of the time the games were played. So I remember the name being used frequently.

  • Pragmatic Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 19, 2012 2:48 p.m.

    great story...not sure about the relevance of BYU's 84 season...but more important Matt Bellini life story was wonderful to read and had a powerful message for myself.

  • TruBlue Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 19, 2012 2:44 p.m.

    Some of my most treasured memories of boyhood are of watching the Bellini brothers play at BYU. So glad to hear that we are connected by more that just BYU Football. We are connected by the testimony of the Book of Mormon that burns in our hearts.

  • Y Grad / Y Dad Richland, WA
    Dec. 19, 2012 11:03 a.m.

    Some dispute the relevance of 1984, a few to the point of believing it didn't really happen.

    But this, this is relevant. Thanks Mark, for the things you gave and the things you've been given. And for the courage and faith to accept them all.

  • AZguy Phoenix, AZ
    Dec. 19, 2012 10:59 a.m.

    Great story. Thanks. Here's to great college football players and even better people.