Q&A with the remarkable Patti Edwards, wife of LaVell Edwards

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  • Tom in CA Vallejo, CA
    June 4, 2014 8:31 p.m.

    Pure class.

  • JenPen Woods Cross, UT
    June 3, 2014 4:34 p.m.

    What a great lady! Thanks for an uplifting article!! I love her genuine caring for people and her insights on LaVell and his priorities. Exemplary family.

  • islandboy Honolulu, HI
    June 2, 2014 6:25 p.m.

    I enjoyed the article. Thank-you!

  • eastcoastcoug Danbury, CT
    June 2, 2014 1:59 p.m.


    I know a lot of good people who are Ute and Cougar fans. Some are my best friends and family members. The misbehaving fans are often the noisiest but have the least impact over time. I think you'll find many great people out there if you are looking for them.

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    June 2, 2014 12:55 p.m.

    Lavell is one of the very few byu people who acts as he should. byu fans would be wise to learn from him.

    go UTES!

  • Esquire Springville, UT
    June 2, 2014 12:29 p.m.

    I've known LaVell but not Patti. LaVell is one of the great men I've known, but you know what? I'm more than happy to give Patti a lot of the credit. :-)

  • Johnny Triumph American Fork, UT
    June 2, 2014 11:20 a.m.

    My Uncle coached with Lavell for a long long time so my Dad was well known in those circles. My family was in San Francisco over Memorial Day and went out to dinner and happened to see the Edwards. They were welcoming and happy to talk for a few minutes. Really wonderful people.

  • DEW Cougars Sandy, UT
    June 2, 2014 9:20 a.m.

    Say hi to Jimmy for me. A good guy when we were in the same ward at BYU while he was playing football.

    This famous Frwning Face and his folding arms. Is he smiling now after he retired?

  • BleedCougarBlue Enid, OK
    June 2, 2014 8:48 a.m.

    Awesome! GREAT story! I did not know she started an association for football coaches wives. I never thought about how lonely it would be for them with their husbands gone so often and them being (typically) perpetual nomads. She truly has made the most of her life.

    And....I also think it's WAY cool that she determined to get a college degree and graduated in her 60s.

    Well done, well done!

    Cougar fans everywhere owe Lavell Edwards a massive debt of gratitude. He, more than anyone else, put BYU on the map and his quiet, humble wife was obviously his biggest supporter.

    Thank you, Mrs. Edwards!

  • Florwood American Fork, UT
    June 2, 2014 8:41 a.m.

    What wonderful people. Thank you for being such great examples.

  • Monsieur le prof Sandy, UT
    June 2, 2014 8:35 a.m.

    Thank you for this fascinating look into the football life of a legendary coach's wife. I hadn't realized that she had set up the football wives' association. Her kids are exceptional because she has such a level head and supported her husband.

  • eastcoastcoug Danbury, CT
    June 2, 2014 6:38 a.m.

    I loved this story. She is so well rounded and grounded in what matters in life besides football. I hope all who read this will be inspired to think beyond the petty stuff and remember that sports is really about people and families....and that there are far more important things in life than football and sports. Patti's story shows how she used football as a means to reach out and build up others. A great example!!