Missions, football and broadcasting: The journey of Trevor Matich

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  • yodak Dallas, TX
    Oct. 11, 2015 8:04 p.m.

    I know this is an old article, but it's a good one. I wanted to add my two cents to what "The Solution" posted: "divorce has more long-lasting consequences and affects children more than any parent about to take that path can imagine."

    Judith Wallerstein, PhD, wrote in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry: "significant numbers of children suffer for many years from psychological and social difficulties associated with continuing and/or new stresses within the post-divorce family and experience heightened anxiety in forming enduring attachments at later developmental stages including young adulthood."

    My parents were divorced over 35 years ago, and I completely agree with both 'The Solution' and Dr Wallerstein. It completely changes everything when your parents divorce - especially if you are still a young, dependent child. I am a much different person than I would have been if my parents had stayed married - some of it for the better, I hope. All I know is maybe Trevor wasn't married yet at the time of this article because he's still sub-consciously dealing with his parents' divorce.

  • The Solution Dayton, OH
    Oct. 7, 2013 11:22 a.m.

    Always enjoy Trevor's insight to college football. Of course, he has covered several BYU games, so I have heard him a bunch over the years. I hope he can one day find himself a good wife and start a family. Divorce has more long lasting consequences and affects children more than any parent about to take that path can imagine.

  • BleedCougarBlue Enid, OK
    Sept. 6, 2013 9:01 p.m.

    Article quote: "Going through my mind was the fact that football is good and football is important, but someday football is going to end. Where would I be on that day if I based my entire life on football? I thought of what doesn’t end, and that’s my relationship with God, my family and with our church. So I left football, knowing that I might not ever play again. But even if I didn’t, there would be no regrets, because the most important thing would be taken care of.”

    Now THERE is one wise man! Good on ya, Tevor!

  • Hank Jr Draper, UT
    Sept. 6, 2013 10:07 a.m.

    While watching ESPN yesterday I was impressed with Trevor's knowledge of the game. I also thought he looked and sounded familiar. Thanks for the story. I guess I'm not going crazy after all.

  • t702 Las Vegas, NV
    Sept. 5, 2013 7:34 p.m.

    Great story - here's a guy the make things happen regardless of what's in front of him. Great life lesson, thanks for sharing

  • Rikitikitavi Cardston, Alberta
    Sept. 5, 2013 6:46 p.m.

    Sure do remember this fine young BYU alum, tremendous story indeed. All of us and our sons and daughters can gain courage from the hardships he overcame.

  • Bifftacular Spanish Fork, Ut
    Sept. 5, 2013 5:13 p.m.

    I knew Trevor quite well in Mexico. He was a very good missionary and fun to be around. He isn't kidding about the weight loss. He was quite ill for a number of days in Chihuahua after eating a ham sandwich sold from a street vendor. Of course, none of us gained any weight there.

  • Commenter88 Salt Lake City, Utah
    Sept. 5, 2013 4:42 p.m.

    Interesting story; and you only have to hear Matich for a few seconds on ESPN to know that he is substantially more literate than other "analysts." However, let's put things into perspective. His life may have had some hardships, as described, but his was hardly a Dickensian childhood, full of the kind of adversity that many children have in our own neighborhoods. It's not like "The Blind Side." He was still pretty-darned privileged. I remember when he was on campus he was treated like a god. He lived pretty good. And if Matich truly believes that he has worked harder than anybody he has seen, then he doesn't see much, and has a lot more spare time to make such determinations than those who are otherwise busy working.

  • gee-en Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 5, 2013 1:12 p.m.

    Seems like a neat guy. I wonder what happened to his father and if there is any relationship there or desire for a relationship. Also wonder why he is single...seems like a great guy and I'm sure plenty of available LDS women would make great companions! Unless something from his past totally turned him off to the marriage idea.

  • Red Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 5, 2013 8:45 a.m.

    What an awesome story! Thanks for sharing it.

    I have been impressed with the 1984 team. They are out doing great things all over the place.