Ezekiel Ansah: 'I seek for Heavenly Father's guidance' in preparing for NFL career

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  • phoenix Gilbert, AZ
    Feb. 25, 2013 2:04 p.m.

    Ziggy at 6'5", 271 lbs, runs a 4.63 40
    Te'o at 6'1", 240 lbs, runs a 4.82 40

    While Ziggy's stock is rising; Manti's stock is plummeting.

    It's going to be very interesting to see what happens to both on draft day.


    Joe Krueger at 6'6", 269 lbs, ran a 4.83 40

  • Tilka PORTLAND, OR
    Feb. 25, 2013 1:50 p.m.

    I think he did an amazing job at the press conference. Very mature and articulate.

  • UoU 1991 Park City, UT
    Feb. 25, 2013 1:43 p.m.

    Chris B

    There's not any inconsistency in Ziggy seeking Heavenly Father's guidance in every aspect of his life, including playing in the NFL.

    Lots of professions require work on the Sabbath - doctors, nurses, utility workers, broadcast media, police, firefighters, airline pilots, hospitality workers, dairy farmers, snow plow drivers - the list goes on and on.

    I know it's a fine line, but there's a subtle but important difference between working on the Sabbath because you're required to as part of your profession and voluntarily participating in a recreational activity on the Sabbath.

  • Herbert Gravy Salinas, CA
    Feb. 25, 2013 12:49 p.m.

    "Gentlemen": Please be nice to each other. It's not that hard. Ziggy is awesome.

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 25, 2013 11:40 a.m.

    I wouldnt see his guidance.

    BYU fans have been telling me that "he" doesn't want people watching/playing sports on sundays.

    So if ziggy really does communicate with "him", "he" will tell ziggy not to play in the NFL.

    Right byu fans?

    Please - be consistent with what you've been telling me.

  • LonestarRunner Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 25, 2013 9:07 a.m.

    Ziggy just ran a 4.62 40 at the NFL Combine - the fastest 40 by an Defensive Lineman. Word is, he's all but clinched a first-round draft slot; now it depends on the needs of the teams picking at the top of the draft on how high in the draft Ziggy is taken.


    Just read about Star Lotulelei's heart condition. I hope it's not too serious, but the timing is terrible for Star. Missing the Combine with something as serious as a heart problem could be huge for his draft prospects, or even having a career in the NFL, depending on how serious it is.

  • Mister J Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 25, 2013 8:53 a.m.

    to idablu

    I'll impart some wisdom from Chris Jericho that I'm sure KO would agree with, "Lighten up junior."

    As for Ansah, He is raw with loads of potential. He is a huge reach in the top 10. Going to the Giants would be ideal. I just pray he doesn't get drafted by the putzburgh stealers.

  • Spokane Ute Spokane, WA
    Feb. 25, 2013 7:15 a.m.

    Heevenly Father wants you to be a Seahawk!

  • idablu Idaho Falls, ID
    Feb. 24, 2013 6:35 p.m.

    MisterJ. Funny you would quote Keith Olbermann of all people. Arguably the most hateful news commentator ever. Too much hate even for MSNBC, eventually costing him his job.

    Ansah is a good kid and deserves to go early in the draft. But he is going to quickly learn that NFL is a far cry from college. I think it will be tough going for awhile. But if he is as teachable as they say he is, he'll be OK, because he has the raw skills.

  • Mister J Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 24, 2013 12:26 p.m.

    in regards to Ernest... "Without humor, a sports fan is a religious fanatic. Without humor, a newscast is a terrible, depressing, unpalatable thing - Keith Olbermann"

    I doubt Olbermann ever met a byu fan?

  • BlueHusky Mission Viejo, CA
    Feb. 24, 2013 11:09 a.m.

    Like most of you, I saw Ziggy come from nowhere and dazzle everybody. Granted, he had great help from the others on BYU's stellar defense, but as they say, you can't teach fast. He'll play pro ball and he'll be good if he doesn't get hurt. Very least, he'll be able to support his whole family in Accra. And with his BYU math and accounting degree, he'll be able to put that big head start to a good purpose. He'll be very rich and successful, unlike most pro athletes who are broke five years after they leave the league.

    As for Ernest T. Bass, I'm a fan. I don't care who he is, he's funny rat thar! Keep it up, Ernie! Too bad Chris B and Navel Vet don't have a sense of humor. Sadly, they think they are insightful.

  • Hank Pym SLC, UT
    Feb. 24, 2013 10:56 a.m.

    Per Nan BW 2/24 8:38a

    Magic happens?

  • Pendergast Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 24, 2013 10:54 a.m.

    to Duckhunter

    Please. You should talk. You are the perfect yin to ETB's yang.

  • Riddles in the Dark Olympus Cove, Utah
    Feb. 24, 2013 10:37 a.m.


    Earnest is a Utah troll who is fond of throwing constant and sometimes comical jabs at BYU.

  • EarlOfHemsley Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 24, 2013 10:26 a.m.

    I usually don't read the comment boards, so maybe I'm oblivious to common frequent commenter knowledge, but Ernest didn't say a thing about the U. I think it's funny how all the Cougars on the board instantly assume he's a Ute. He could be a Memphis Tiger for all we know... lol.

  • aceroinox Farmington, UT
    Feb. 24, 2013 10:20 a.m.

    Awww...come on guys! Don't spoil ETB's fun! Trolling the DesNews Comments section is the only thing that keeps his motor revving all day! Just throw him a little "Red" meat from time to time and he'll be content.

  • mohokat Ogden, UT
    Feb. 24, 2013 8:47 a.m.

    @ ernest t bass "It didn't work for me".: I don't know but maybe you just didn't have it and God wasn't up to miracles that day.

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    Feb. 24, 2013 8:48 a.m.

    ernie is a real credit to the university of utah and its "fan"base.

  • Nan BW ELder, CO
    Feb. 24, 2013 8:38 a.m.

    ETB, then again maybe HE does care about who goes in the NFL, and who can provide an outstanding example. I believe we have seen indications of this before now. Best wishes, Ziggy. This is from someone who does not watch football.

  • liberal larry salt lake City, utah
    Feb. 24, 2013 7:32 a.m.

    If the Heavenly Father is really looking out for Ansah's health he will advise him to go into a career that doesn't destroy his body and possibly his brain!

  • Bluto Sandy, UT
    Feb. 24, 2013 6:58 a.m.

    @ Ernest T.

    Maybe you should stop throwing rocks, as Andy and Barney have instructed you to do.
    And then, you too may find some peace in your life.

  • BYUalum South Jordan, UT
    Feb. 24, 2013 6:41 a.m.

    Side by side stories of Leota (U) and Ansah (BYU) are polar differences.

    Ansah has been an inspiration to many football players, coaches, and fans. I'm grateful that Dave Rose saw where his talent was and pushed him in the right direction toward Bronco Mendenhall and football. I hope we hear great things about him in his future career in the NFL. Good luck!

    Go Cougars!

  • hamaca Baton Rouge, LA
    Feb. 23, 2013 10:48 p.m.

    @ Ernest T. Bass

    Maybe the person seeking the guidance isn't asking to get into the NFL. Maybe he's seeking guidance to handle the challenges that come from where his life seems to be heading.

    Then again, maybe you and I shouldn't presume to understand someone else's faith and what makes them tick.

  • Ernest T. Bass Bountiful, UT
    Feb. 23, 2013 10:23 p.m.

    I sought the same guidance when I was trying to get to the NFL. It didn't work for me.
    Maybe the person who's guidance is being sought doesn't care about who goes to the NFL.

  • OCoug Ogden, UT
    Feb. 23, 2013 10:01 p.m.

    Go Ziggy. Awesome inspirational story in sports.

  • hobbes1012003 Kaysville, UT
    Feb. 23, 2013 9:57 p.m.

    No comment from ChrisB? i figured she would be the first one on here saying how Ziggy will amount to nothing in the NFL since he is out of BYU. On a more positive note, I cant wait to see Ziggy suit up in the NFL! He is an absolute stud! Go Cougs!

  • gdog3finally West Jordan, Utah
    Feb. 23, 2013 9:09 p.m.

    A lot has happened in Ansah's life in the past year or so. He is about to experience a major change in his life and pocketbook. Odds are, he will handle it well.

    As for the fan, we didn't even know this guy existed until he busted on the scene like a hurricane. Ansah is a project, but his talent and character are going to be hard to pass up by many a GM. He could be picked up early in the draft.

  • Californian#[email protected] San Francisco, CA
    Feb. 23, 2013 7:24 p.m.

    I like this kid too.

    Manti Who?

    Go, Ziggy. :)

  • sls Columbia, MO
    Feb. 23, 2013 6:39 p.m.

    I can't help but think that Dave Rose has had some second thoughts about the decision to cut Ziggy from the basketball team, especially after conning Bronson Kafusi into joining the team this year to get some depth. Ziggy might have helped a lot.

    However, I suspect that Ziggy is glad that things worked out the way they did. He's in a great position in the NFL draft.

  • Bluto Sandy, UT
    Feb. 23, 2013 6:24 p.m.

    Love this kid.