Loved the article and the visit to the state prison at Drapper. Keep them going.
But on the other hand there is a state prison just down the road in Gunnison.
Any possibility of doing one down there, even if it after the season, due to the
distance?? Just a thought to help all the other guys in the system. I'm
sure the Gunnison guys would enjoy it, too.
Don't be naïve about Bronco. Yes he is a good man, likely a good
husband & father, loyal friend, good Home Teacher, keeps his promises and is
has one of the greatest defensive minds in the NCAA. But remember, in the BYU
system it's in his best interest to do these events including the firesides
when traveling. Yes noticeable good has come from these activities, however
it's also expected from the head coaches and Bronco fulfils his
responsibilities. Do I like Bronco as a motivating coach, not much. Do I think
he is looking at his next opportunities personally and professionally, yes.
There are many things I don't really care about Bronco, but he is a stand
up man which nobody can or could deny. I do appreciate his example of obedience
when he could probably weasel out of the task. I absolutely respect him for
being the man he is. Go Cougs!
Great story. This story illustrates why I like Bronco.
This has a 2 fold purpose1 Missionary work2 SCARE some
of his kids into acting right.
This article really deserves to be in the NY Times or another major media
source. Its sums up what the BYU brand is all about and what this program is
striving to do in society. Its about more than Football. Bronco says
“College football is an amazing sport, an amazing experience. But that
just by itself, for me personally, is not enough. The spiritual component has to
be part of it to make sense of it. The service part of it has to be there for
this whole experience to make sense to me. I hope some of that is trickling
through to our staff and players. That is the intent. It becomes a more rich,
fulfilling and balanced experience.”When non-LDS friends,
coworkers, etc ask about BYU as an independent and "why this?" and
"why that?" I'd like to try to quote that response as best as
possible for them. Its an experience that is meant to touch lives, not just win
games. Thats what its all about.
Say what you will about Bronco as a football coach or leader of the football
program. Say what you will about his schemes and adjustments, and recruiting,
etc. One thing you can say with a certainty is that he is a good man who will
lead young men to be better when they leave Provo then when they came. Football
is football, but life is forever. Thanks coach for your perspective and
example.I also love hearing how Mahina has changed things up and
invited more of the non-LDS kids to attend and participate. Many players not of
the LDS faith have decided to attend BYU for it's unique culture and
Christian values. Their voice and experiences are refreshing and add to the
spirit as much, and sometimes even more than the returned missionaries and
members. Keep it up guys.GO COUGARS!
Awesome story. Anytime stereotypes are broken down (on both sides), I think
charity can exist amongst people. Huge credit goes to Bronco and the BYU
players who do this.
After all else is said and done, the only thing that matters to the Lord is what
have we done to help "the least of these" our brethren? It's
wonderful to play an exciting game and be a part of any great football tradition
but in the eternal scheme of things, the Lord couldn't care less about
football for that matter. It's the welfare of all his sons and daughters
that matters most to him. I love that Coach Bronco and the team is not just
focusing on winning on the football field only.Go Cougars! Go Utes!
There are many correlations to real life in this article. Life is more than
football or, in fact, social media, or whatever drives you. We are all here on
this earth to support and help each other stay the course in life. We do it in
families…brothers and sisters, friends, collegues, neighbors, etc. We are
a "band of brothers" (and sisters!) I love articles like this that are
uplifting and promote good will.
I like this story and appreciate what Bronco is doing and trying to do.
The great majority of those felons have a suppressed light within. That
encounter with the young men of BYU football can not help but cause an expanse
of that light and truly help them in their desire to overcome the difficulties
of their lives. Thank you Coach Mendenhall and the members of the Cougar team.
Your lights shine bright in you effort.
It is good to see these BYU players being such good examples.I hope
the BYU players leave the prison, and think, "I never ever want to live on
the other side of the wire..."I bet the gentlemen on the wrong
side of the wire are sincere in their appreciation for the BYU players who gave