BYU Cougar Fan Talks About BYU Football

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Go big blue!

Meet my friend Michelle, she is a Cougar Fan!

I have a dear friend Michelle. She is the #1 fan of the BYU Cougars. I have never met anyone in my life who has as much passion for BYU football as she has. When I told Michelle that today's topic on HUBPAGES was football, her eyes lit up like the 4th of July. Yes, my friends, she has passion for the game, and this is her story....told in her own words.

BYU Football is one of three important things in life.

I love everything about football; the stadiums, the players, the uniforms, the hitting, the intensity, the beauty of a well thrown football spiraling through the air into the arms of an open receiver in the end zone, it is amazing!

I have three things I am passionate about; my church, my family, and BYU football. My love for football came from my father. He graduated from Brigham Young University and instilled in me his love, not only for BYU football, but also for the University. My dad and I fought a lot growing up, but the one thing we never fought about was BYU. It was during those BYU games that my dad and I developed a relationship. I would ask questions about football and my dad would answer me. He never made me feel stupid.

It was later in life, when I became interested in boys, that the knowledge of football became really beneficial. Needless to say, knowing what a first down is, and the difference between offense and defensive, goes a long way when you're trying to impress a boy!

The Beauty of The Game

"The Lord's School"

There was nothing I enjoyed more then watching a BYU football game with my dad. I would hear stories about my dad's days at BYU and why he felt BYU was the "Lord's chosen university." This is something that I have come to believe too, much to the dismay of many of my friends. They think I am delusional, and they remind me that the Lord is no respecter of person's or universities. I will admit I am biased and a bit brainwashed, but I do believe there is something special about BYU and their football team.

Who is on our side?

BYU and UofU simply at polar opposites.
BYU and UofU simply at polar opposites.

"A unique and wonderful university"

I can't really put into words my love for BYU. When I walk onto the campus I feel something that I don't feel many other places. I feel the Spirit. When I tell people this, most laugh or call me cheesy, but that is ok I know how I feel. In a talk titled "A Unique and Wonderful University" President Gordon B.Hinckley, prophet of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, The Mormons, said,

"This is a unique and wonderful university. It is unique because of its Church sponsorship. It is wonderful because of its quality. A number of universities in this nation were begun under the sponsorship of various churches. They so continued for a season, but most of them have drifted far from that mooring post. Some might have within their framework a school of theology, but its influence is scarcely felt in the secular day-by-day operation of the larger institution. Here, in contrast, the board of trustees is chaired by the President of the Church. It is chaired by him whom we sustain as a prophet of God. I know of no other university in all the world, certainly not in this nation, whose governing board is chaired by a prophet."

BYU has an "Honor Code" that the athletes must abide by.

Ok, back to football.

So why, out of all the college football teams, do I love BYU? Well, apart from the brainwashing from my father, I believe that BYU tries its best to hold the men that choose to play for them to a high standard. This is done mainly by the commitment of students and faculty to the "Honor Code."

The "Honor Code" is a set of standards and virtues that are consistent with the teachings and principles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Some do not like this "Honor Code", but I do. For the most part this code is just asking that one live their life in a clean, moral way, but being moral and playing football don't always go hand in hand. In a world where we glamorize athletes and allow them to get away with anything, it is hard to expect student athletes to adhere to a certain standard, but BYU does. Now don't get me wrong, I'm not saying that nothing immoral goes on at BYU, or that football players don't get away with things, because I know it happens. All I'm saying is that BYU does their best to prevent things from happening and when they do players are held accountable, even if that means they have to suspend a starter.

Mormon Missionaries

Serving a mission for the church is encouraged by BYU football program.

In football coaches worry about many things, from recruiting to injuries, but only at BYU would the issue of time off for serving a mission be on that list of worries. Head football coach Bronco Mendenhall has said, "Serving missions is what makes this team and the church unique." As of May 2007, there were 37 members of the BYU football team serving missions for the church, and 73 returned missionaries. How great is that?! A place where young men are urged to do what the prophet has asked of them. I'm sure it is hard for a player to walk away from football especially when they have had a great freshman year, but it is the right thing to do. Former head coach LaVell Edwards said, "While they're away they come to realize there are more important things then football."


LaVell Edwards Stadium

Why BYU?

Since 1974, BYU has played in 25 bowl games, won one national championship, and 22 conference championships (Mountain West Conference Division). They have also earned 16 national top-25 finishes, including four top-10 finishes. BYU is home to 62 All-American honorees, the 1990 Heisman Trophy Winner (Ty Detmer), and the 2001 Doak Walker Award winner. Over the past 20 years BYU has had 57 players taken in the NFL draft, including 28 players over the past 11 years. BYU also has had nine first-round draft picks, and three former Cougars are NFL head coaches (Brian Billick, Andy Reid, and Mike Holmgren).

BYU consistently has one of the top schedules in the country. In the last 16 years, BYU has earned victories over Miami (Fla.), Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Oregon, Washington, Penn State, Cal, Texas A&M, Virginia, Arizona State, and Kansas State.

BYU has had 34 nationally televised games over the past 5 seasons, 11 straight season-openers on ESPN, 4 of the top 10 largest audiences in ESPN history.

BYU vs. Utah 2006

BYU Cougars #1

BYU always plays tough.
BYU always plays tough.

I love the Cougars!

I could go on and on about BYU football. It is something near and dear to my heart. I lost my father two years ago, and BYU football is the one connection I feel I still have with him. I am thankful he taught me to be passionate about something. Win or loose I love the Cougars and always will!

"Football is like life; it requires perseverance, self-denial, hard work sacrifice, dedication and respect for authority." Vince Lombardi

Thank You Michelle...

As you can see, this is one dedicated fan, in fact, I am convinced she is the #1 BYU Football fan in the world.

Go Cougars!

LaVell Edwards at the game.
LaVell Edwards at the game.

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Comments 13 comments

Larilyn 8 years ago

Why do I have a sudden urge to start singing?

Rise and shout the Cougars are out!!

Love the article Michelle! You can feel your passion coming through the words!


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In The Doghouse 8 years ago from California Author

Larilyn

You are too funny! Yes, the tune is ringing in my ears now too. Thanks for your comment.


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IheartBYU 8 years ago from Murrieta, CA

Thanks Larilyn! I loved writing it! Thanks sister Dowden for giving me the chance (:


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In The Doghouse 8 years ago from California Author

IheartBYU

No, thank you for taking the time to write about your passion. You should post some on your own site. You go girl.


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IheartBYU 8 years ago from Murrieta, CA

What would I write about on my own blog? I've already written about my one true love!!


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jmmoore321 8 years ago from Utah

While I could care less about Football ... my dad is the new coach of BYU hockey and my brother is on the team. So I can understand how you feel with the team spirit. Now don't tell anyone but i went to U of U. hahahaha.


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In The Doghouse 8 years ago from California Author

jmmoore321,

That is too funny about your attendance at UofU. There is quite a rivalry there between BYU and the U I have heard. With all your family members involved in BYU perhaps a switch of loyalty will be made? lol


cpryor 8 years ago

Love BYU Football! Of course, I am a BYU alumni!


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In The Doghouse 8 years ago from California Author

cpryor,

Then you were happy when they won, last weekend right? lol


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ZipClip 8 years ago

This is a hard day for BYU football!


winnjay 7 years ago

Pleach Check Mike Holmgren's career biography at Wikipedia... He attended USC, not BYU, but did do a short stint as assistant coaching at BYU in 1981.


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BigTicket 6 years ago

I know I'm commenting on an old article, but I'd just like to say good job on the article. I am a BYU football fan and agree with most of what you said. And while I do believe in the purpose and mission of the school itself, I don't believe God cares who wins on the football field no matter how it's players are living off the field - much to the dismay of Austin Collie. A lot of jerks go on to win national championships, and BYU isn't lifted to victory every Saturday because of it's affiliation with God's church. I guess what I'm saying is the school may be special, but the football team is just a football team.


shafqatdfsdfg 5 years ago

You know a lot about this subject.

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