This all sounds Ozzie & Harriett but no it is for real. This family has no
guile, or ill will toward anyone. Keith and Joni have taught these children
what is expected and they have responded because of the example they see in
there parents and extended family. Of course there is always some luck involved
when it comes to kids." A Oi e O' Hana" Nelson !Your friend and advocate.
Besides being so dominant on the sports fields, and even more importantly, they
are just nice, down to earth kids. It has been a real pleasure watching them
play and compete. The even greater pleasure is knowing what kind of people they
are. They stay true to each other and true to their convictions. It must be in
their upbringing, their genes, or the water or something. Great article about a
great family from one who enjoys watching them from the sidelines of both the
sports fields and how they contribute to the community.
Great story. I just became a Riley Nelson fan! I love families that know how
to have fun together and care about each others successes.Great
plan to not care about all the negative comments in the social media world.Keep doing your best. That's all you can do and that is all that
learned lots about them in this article, makes me really glad he got his shot in
the USU game. He has lots of talent and it shows in his play.
"that caused Nelson to grow his locks a little longer than BYU's honor code
allows."This is an incorrect statement. It's not the honor code
at BYU but the Dress and Grooming standard that prohibits longer hair for men.
These are the kinds of articles that represent the proper focus of athletics at
BYU. Yes, the fans all want to win (me included) and be relevant on the national
scene, but the reason to have that exposure is to get the message out about the
great families and backgrounds of the kids that play. Players like Riley Nelson
represent BYU well.It is nice to see starting QBs at BYU who are
returned missionaries...that practically never happened before Doman in Lavell's
last year. It is a personal choice, and we don't know all the reasons some
players skip the mission, but the more who can serve, the better - even if it
hurts athletic development. I especially loved after the USU game
that Riley didn't talk about vindication of beating his former team, but about
how much he loves a lot of the players and people in the program. An in-state
rivalry should be fun and passionate, but not full of hate and contempt.
I spent time with Dr. Nelson, Riley and D.J. at the "Badger 7 on 7 Elite
Tournament" this past spring here in Las Vegas, and I walked away very
impressed with this three-some! Dr. Nelson was very cordial and
approachable, and even offered to assist a few Players who were injured during
the competition when there were inadequate medical staff available (Dr. Nelson
is a well respected Orthopedic Surgeon in Cache Valley).Riley
stepped in to assist the offense of "Team Utah #2" - which his little
Brother D.J. was the Quarterback for - a team that eventually made it to the
semi-finals of the event (a pretty big achievement for those young men -
considering the number of teams and level of talent at the event). D.J. was a
big part of that success, and led his team with composure and
competitiveness.I will continue to look forward to the success the
Nelson Family have and will also look forward to the next opportunity I can
spend time with them in any circumstance...They are definitely
"All-American" in my book!
I am a huge BYU fan... and now a HUGE Nelson family fan:) I love his tenacity
and spirit. A great leader for our team that desperatly needs one. I love
article like this one that allow me to get to know people on personal level.
Hey can we get more positive articles like this one. I see endless examples of
inspirational stories that would elevate the "Sport Speak" arena and
put the real face to the players and what motivates them. The real Firestone
ESPN moment's , Jerry McGuire scene you Know.
No question Riley Nelson has the heart of a champion. Guys with guts and moxie
on the field coupled with humility off the field are pretty darn easy to cheer
for. The fact that Riley was so contrite over such a simple thing like
"hair length" just proves what kind of kid he is. Best of
luck to the entire family.
I am interested to see how Riley does at BYU. How many quarterbacks have played
for Utah schools who are from Utah. Riley Nelson and Scott Mitchell are who who
I can think of. Riley has an X-Factor that I watched in HS as he demolished
everyone, including are S. Utah friends. He had a chance last year, but then
his should got hurt and that was that. It'll be interesting, I believe you've
only seen the beginning of something great.I believe Chase Hansen is next.
Hopefully Utah will give him a chance.
@ Aloha St. GeorgeYou can add Jim McMahon to the list of Utah
products. (Roy HS)
Too bad that Gary Andersen wasn't around and had the program where it is today
or Riley may not have transfered. HOWEVER, I think that Diondre Borel was
better and I think that Chuckie Keeton is going to be much better - probably
already is. So if Riley had stayed USU may not have ended up with Chuckie.
RE: Aloha St. GeorgeYou forgot DJ Nelson's commitment to USU after
The reel question is: Does Riley fish. I wouls like to get him on my show.
Great article! Thanks for writing it!
@LAST STAND:Come on now, You're just splitting hairs!
What a great story. I was lucky enough to make several trips to Utah to watch
Riley play when he was at Logan High. I plan to watch his brother play next
week when they play East and in the state championship later this year if they
keep rolling. Tremendous athletes, and it sounds like even better people. I
have to post this story to my facebook page so more people in Wyoming can read
it. Living in Wyoming I've never been a huge BYU fan...lol, but I sure do
respect that program. Guys like this can make you a fan. I will continue to
follow these guys throughout their careers no doubt.
Went to Med School with Keith. I'm from out of state and didn't know who he was
or what he had done prior to Med School.His family reflects who he
is. He was one of the most most down-to-earth, well-rounded, humble and
pleasant classmates we had. I had no idea until now that he was a college ball
player. He never talked about himself or his prior accomplishments. He was
just one of us, for all I knew. The only indication I ever had of
his athleticism was during the winter of our first year, when we were outside
between classes throwing snowballs at the Wintrobe Building (seven or eight
stories high), seeing who could throw a snowball the highest. We all made marks
up around the fifth or sixth floors, some higher, some lower. Keith quietly
stepped up and LAUNCHED a snowball that went up all the way, disappearing from
sight, and landing on the top of the building. Impressive throw. And he
repeated it several times.Great guy. Great family. Regards.
Keith and Joni,Congrats on all the well deserved but, since I know you,
unsolicited and not preferred attention! The article can't tell the half of it!
A great story Thanks Amy