Ziggy Ansah continues to impact BYU program, coaches

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  • wer South Jordan, UT
    March 6, 2013 10:38 p.m.

    While I appreciate the talents and efforts goes into becoming a pro football player, from all the rhetoric about the upcoming draft, I thought next week.

    April 25?!

    Isn't there something else to write about before then?

  • NK84 layton, UT
    March 6, 2013 1:35 p.m.

    I don't think that it really matters why Ziggy got the opportunity to play, just that he made the most of it when he did. Did Tom Brady get a lot of opportunities at Michigan? Nope. But look what he has done with the opportunity he has now. Is someone going to try to tell me that is luck too?

    It just goes to show that with a good work ethic and some God given talent, people can do things that they never thought possible.

    Congrats Ziggy, Star, and all the other college athletes around here that will have the chance to play at the next level. Good luck to you all.

  • Herbert Gravy Salinas, CA
    March 6, 2013 1:06 p.m.

    To "air" is human. Let's all keep on airing!

  • Rockwell Baltimore, MD
    March 6, 2013 12:22 p.m.


    More rationalization from another jealous BYU-obsessed hater.

    Bronco recognized the potential in Ziggy, which is why he gave Ziggy the opportunity of developing that potential as a member of BYU's football team, but Bronco was also smart enough not to simply turn Ziggy lose on the football field before he was ready.

    Ziggy's success is a tribute to his natural talent and dedication to develop it, and the ability of BYU's coaching staff to teach Ziggy how to use that talent.

    There was nothing "experimental" about it.

  • IndeMak South Jordan, UT
    March 6, 2013 11:56 a.m.

    Very fortunate (Lucky) for the Cougars. He was simply an experiment that worked out well. Who would have known? Very good player and should do well.

  • SoUtBoy25 Cedar City, UT
    March 6, 2013 11:15 a.m.

    @WA-Aggie...an injury allowed Ziggy to start, but he was in the DL rotation in both his senior and junior (later in season) years. Before the season, the BYU coaching staff said Ansah would be drafted in the NFL, and people on the boards scoffed. To say Ziggy was not given the opportunity and groomed for success is a very myopic point of view.

  • phoenix Gilbert, AZ
    March 6, 2013 11:09 a.m.

    Trust christy to take a statement out of context and then try to twist it to say the exact opposite of what the speaker intended.

    Bronco said, "I'm as passionate, if not more, about our players going to the NFL than anyone else, as long as they can maintain, and grow, in other areas of their lives."

    Obviously, Bronco is happy for any of his players who choose to take their talent to the next level; he simply hopes that in doing so that they won't lose sight of who they are and what's most important in their lives.

  • WA-Aggie Kent, WA
    March 6, 2013 11:02 a.m.

    His career @ BYU? How about a few games? He got into a few as special teams and until a player was injured, just did not see the field. To boast that the BYU program did/can develop a great NFL talent is comical. They lucked into a great athlete that a missionary found. Cut him from the BBall team and let him into the game on a few special team plays until his big BREAK. I wish the kid the best and he is great athlete, but BYU fans and press (DesNews) hitching their program to his potential NFL career is odd.

    Sports Illustrated sounded like you should be grateful that he roomed with KVN and was taught fball by him.

  • Blue AZ Cougar ,
    March 6, 2013 10:45 a.m.

    @Tilka, @Chris B

    I don't think Bronco is ripping his own guys. It was a blanket statement -- he's just saying he has seen guys go into the NFL and get lost in their own hype, get lost in the money/fame/fortune that comes along with that kind of visibility and national attention. I don't have a problem with Bronco's statement, I think it speaks to his caliber as a coach to be able to teach his players life lessons. Sometimes winning games, getting drafted in the first round, or securing a huge contract aren't the most important things in life.

    And if some NFL players are offended....well, maybe it's because they lost everything they stood for in the pursuit of the game. I can appreciate the athletic talent of a lot of the NFL players out there, but that doesn't mean they're the best role models.

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    March 6, 2013 10:07 a.m.

    this kid has skills - athleticism that is on the next level. I heard the NFL guys on ESPN talking about Ziggy and they all said he would be a top 15 pick in the draft. His size coupled with his speed and quickness is unheard off. Great story. He comes to the Y to study math and ends up a first rounder in the NFL.

  • Wookie Omaha, NE
    March 6, 2013 9:34 a.m.

    So other than never playing football until BYU, what is his story? He's from Ghana, unbelievable athlete, I get that, just don't know the rest.

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    March 6, 2013 9:23 a.m.


    I thought the same. There aren't many byu guys in the NFL and Bronco is ripping on his own guys from his program for them decreasing their "churchy" levels that were imposed upon them at byu.

  • Mountanman Hayden, ID
    March 6, 2013 8:41 a.m.

    Ziggy is projected to be drafted by the Tennessee Titans in the first round!

  • Tilka PORTLAND, OR
    March 6, 2013 8:36 a.m.

    I hope whoever Bronco is referring to about going to the NFL and losing their values isn't offended by his remarks.

  • DRay Roy, UT
    March 6, 2013 6:06 a.m.

    Thais for keeping us informed about "Ziggy," he so reflects well how the Worth of a soul shines all the brighter when Gospel principles are applied to hard work and perseverance. Go Ziggy! Make us all proud, & God bless all who mentored him forward.

  • BYUalum South Jordan, UT
    March 6, 2013 6:02 a.m.

    Great story. We hope the very best for him. I hope he keeps close ties with BYU and the friends hes made there and stays anchored in principles and values that the Gospel brought to him.

  • eastcoastcoug Danbury, CT
    March 6, 2013 5:45 a.m.

    I'm realistic about how important it is for recruiting top tier talent that we produce NFL-caliber players. But I agree with Bronco about how hard it is to adjust to the next level of lifestyle and what is thrown at these young kids. As much as I love to see these guys have success at the next level, the role model I hold up is Eli Herring. There's a guy who knows what matters in life.

    I wish Siggy all the best.

  • Lightening Lad Austin , TX
    March 6, 2013 12:15 a.m.

    Somebody get Dave Rose a copy of this immediately! Dave its not as frightening to leave the Wasatch Front on a recruiting trip as you might think. International waters have given BYU the best years ever, try it, your WCC opponents feast on European and Aussie kids, it's certainly worth a shot, and look at the frequent flier miles, you can take Cheryl someplace fun, for nada

  • AZCoug Mesa, AZ
    March 6, 2013 12:10 a.m.

    My son, who is just finishing Law School at BYU, was working part time in the MTC cafeteria a couple years back and mentioned that he met this huge African student working there too. It turns out it was Ansah before he was Ziggy. We have followed his BYU football play with great interest ever since. I asked my son about how it must be for his friend to go from cafeteria worker to multi-millionaire in such a short time. What an amazing talent!

  • SLCWatch Salt Lake City, UT
    March 5, 2013 10:56 p.m.

    I'm just a simple fan and I have felt it was an honor to watch his career at the Y. He is an amazing young man. Love his Story and his humility.