A dad's whistle: What a father's call meant to Bronco Mendenhall

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  • Farid @ Pocatello Pocatello, ID
    Sept. 28, 2013 6:24 p.m.

    I was sitting in the Zim's parking lot in Sandy back in 1981 (I think) waiting for my wife to finish shopping when I saw a car pull up with a Washington Redskins bumper sticker.

    I'm from DC and figured it was another Washingtonian. When the lady exited her car, I said, "Hail to the Redskins!" and pointed to her bumper. "Oh, yes," she said with a smile. "My son plays for them."

    It was Matt and Bronco's mother.

    All I wanted to do was talk about Matt and the Redskins and she kept saying, "I have another son Bronco who plays (played?) football too. He's going into coaching."

    After saying good bye, my wife came out and jumped in the car.

    I turned to her and said, "Who would name their son Bronco?"

    Twenty-four years later, I was the video guy for Idaho State football and every other year Bronco and three other coaches would walk the stairs to the top of Holt Arena. I sat next to him twice and--again--never knew he existed.

  • wahului Stockton, CA
    Sept. 20, 2013 6:46 p.m.

    I have Seven daughters and six sons, all grown. I only wish they had been raised as well.

  • Gus Tunkle Pleasant Grove, UT
    Sept. 20, 2013 12:44 p.m.

    ~Yeah!~ Bronco is the coolest!

  • Malihini Northern, UT
    Sept. 20, 2013 12:29 p.m.

    Nice article. I've stayed away from the local media this week because of the garbage being published and how the media tries to dramatize everything in order to stir emotions of the rivalry, but I must say this was a nice article.

    If anybody has had the chance to meet and talk with Bronco you know that he is one of the good guys that is trying to do his best to make a difference in life. Like so many others who go about doing good things, Bronco is that type of guy. Even with his high profile job he is able to do much that never gets reported, nor should it be.

    My thanks to Bronco for using his position in the way it should be used, to do good and serve others. And my thanks to so many others out there who work hard every day and try to help and lift others in their position and station in life.

  • Y-Ask-Y? Provo, UT
    Sept. 20, 2013 12:19 p.m.

    "Throughout his career as a professional football player..."

    Somebody please help -- I can find nowhere that says Bronco played professional football.

    His Older brother, Mat, spent ("played?) four years in the NFL with the Washington Redskins, but Bronco only played college football.

    If I'm right, how could an article like this get something so wrong? What an embarassment!

    If I'm wrong, somebody give me a reference - where did Bronco play professionally, and why isn't it contained in his official bio?