I know Danny and can't say enough good about him.
Great story! I'm too young to remember a lot of these former players with a rich
history and strong ties to the present. I'd love to read about more of them!
Actually, the sentence should read "were among the first blacks to play
basketball for the Cougars." Gary Batiste was the first African-American to
play basketball at BYU. Rice and Frazier came after Batiste.
Wow! I had always wondered about this beast of a football player named Danny
Frazier. Thanks for telling his story. I went to BYU from '75-78 and remember
well how this gifted athlete became a one-man wrecking crew on defense. I had
forgotten about his injury which explains why I don't remember seeing him in the
NFL. What a great story of "moving on" to bigger and better things.
My first day at BYU was 1979 and I didn't know about the game untill at the end.
It was Texas A&M and I did remember about this one guy who broke his neck in
that game. Wow, he made it throw with success all around in him.
Great feature.....and a story on life that every athlete should read!
I have known Danny and his family since I was a young man and he was our Young
Men leader in the LDS Church. I can't say enough about this guy as he was
definitely a great example to the youth and was a big influence on the way I
lived my life in those critical days of "growing up". He and Joy have
raised such a beautiful family. Thanks to the DesNews for printing such a great
story about such a neat man. These are the articles that make me a DesNews
reader. I am very lucky to know Danny and am grateful for the life he lives and
the example he sets for others. And on another note - I look forward to watching
Jameson tear up the field this season! GO COUGARS!! -Carl Sokia
Thanks for the human interest story on this great person. Was it Frazier who
said "The field is black and ready for harvest?:
What a great story! This is why I am a BYU fan.
What a great example! Thank you for the perspective.
What a great story. Thanks for sharing it. I love hearing how people overcome
obstacles in life. This story has buoyed me up today.Keep it up!
Frazier played high school ball in Tooele as memory serves (I lined up opposite
him) and as the BYU website will confirm. He was a tiny lineman as a Frosh at
Tooele and obviously grew.Frazier's mother and family eventually
moved to Provo, where his mother worked for the Utah Department of Employment
Services. Danny and his sisters got great attitude, height and good looks from
their mother. The Fraziers lit up the BYU campus with their smiles and outgoing
nature. Everyone in Provo knew of and liked the Frazier family.
Great story, great man. There are so many things in life that are more important
Another Doug Robinson special! I love his special interest articles! No one does
them better. I agree w/ TJ. In the ultimate scheme of things, sports is even
smaller than a blip on the ol' screen. Frazier has well prepared himself and his
family, even into the 3rd generation now, about what's really important in life.
I remember watching Frazier play when the team would come to San Diego, as well
as Glen Redd. Redd was an absolute beast! He spoke at a youth fireside prior to
one of the Holiday Bowl's. Dude's neck was the size of a tree trunk! I can't
even imagine running into him helmet-to-helmet! Keep up the great example Danny
Thanks for the story. Talk about a modern day Pioneer. Remember the
Texas A&M game well. I got engaged to my wife that night. Looks like 2
Via has shared stories about Frazier in his blog that have all been very moving.
I admire so many different things about his story, but the part I love the most
is how he has never seen himself as a 'victim'!!! Far too often the challenges
seem to define too much of the story. Instead, Frazier does what we all should
do...he sees the light in all of his experiences. By never playing the victim
he's able to feel gratitude for ALL the blessings (past and current) that have
made his life all that it is. Through that he has continued to progress and
become the great man that he is. Thank you for your remarkable, touching,
thought provoking, and inspiring life!!!!
Great story. I remember Danny Frazier working as a gym teacher at the MTC when
I was there the summer of 1982---incredible athlete and person.
I know Danny personally and have experienced his Magic Johnson smile, his
awesome laugh, and my hand disappearing into his while shaking it. He is a
great man with a great family. My son played with Jameson in high school and
we've been blessed from our friendship with the Fraziers. Great article Doug.
Great article, the kind we need to focus on at BYU. We could do with a little
less pressure on the coaches to win and a little more emphasis on the men of
character that our institution attracts.
I can think of about 30 people I know that need to read this- great stuff
Article reminds me of my dad, promising athlete in Football and Basketball, his
brother played at BYU and then in the NFL and my dad was headed that direction
as well but was hurt Frosh year which led to his mission and greater emphasis on
academics. I've certainly benefited from his efforts and the change that injury
Met Danny Frasier at a fireside where he spoke, before his injury. I always
wondered what became of him. Great story, and glad to hear that he is still an
impressive, happy, charming guy.
I never made the father-son connection until this story. I agree with others
that these are my favorite sports stories. Danny was a beast back in the day,
and he remains the man today. I "walked" with him in 1986. Just one
more reason to root for Jamison, who has always impressed me. Thanks, brethren,
for representing so well.Go Cougars!
I was a missionary serving in the Texas Houston Mission and attended that game
with most of the mission. They played the game in Houston because the A&M
stadium was under renovations. I remember the game well. Actually rode to the
game from Beaumont with a member and his father in law who was a huge Texas
A&M fan. It was a memorable moment in time. I think I remember Danny
getting injured in that game. Another great story of someone finding success
I love how Bronco and others affiliated with the fine young men and women at BYU
have the true perspective on life. Yes indeed there are a few things just a bit
more important in life than sports. Meanwhile keep it up and Go Cougars.
Sometimes we even get to experience the best of both worlds.
I'm glad someone mentioned that Danny played football for Tooele. I have very
fond memories of Danny and all of his family. I worked with his younger brother
for a while. My husband and I were blessed to be able to attend the temple with
his mother when she received her endowment. Thank you for this wonderful story.
It has been many years since I have seen Danny but I think of him often and I am
so happy for his wonderful life. His success doesn't surprise me at all. He was
always a fantastic person.
I played in the Utah high school all-star game with Danny. Without a doubt the
best athlete on the team. Great story glad all has worked out for him.