How great for him. I hope he gets a chance to prove himself at BYU. That said,
I also hope if BYU doesn't offer to him, he doesn't take offense at it
(from what I've read, I don't think he will)
What a fantastic story - he sounds like a wonderful young man.I'd love to see him come to BYU. I hope it works out.Especially the part about him wanting to serve a mission! I love this kid
It's exciting to sense the enthusiasm of a new convert to the LDS Church.
I hope he is good enough to play football for the Cougs. Please get him off
those ice skates before he hurts himself.
What a great story from a genuine young man! I admire him for his desires to
live a righteous life and his commitment to do that by joining the church. I
think that we could find a spot on the team for a football player of his size
and the transfer could benefit BYU and Phil Ford. I hope we see you in a BYU
uniform Mr. Ford!
If he's any good and his grades are up, sign him up.
This guys dad is a KU football coach and former Kansas City Chief. Can't go
wrong with a Ford.
Sounds like a win, win for everyone.
Well, this story is interesting to much of the audience of the DesNews. For
that, it's newsworthy. Time will tell if there is any substance to it. Will
BYU show much interest? If so, will the young man turn out to be a quality
Best wishes to this young man and Kudos for his desires to serve.Nice
surprise for the football staff !
I'm sure Brandon simply forgot to mention all the other programs desperate
to get Phil. Brandon did mention that powerhouse Minn and Kansas had offerd him
before he failed to make grades so I'm sure they're jumping through
hoops to get him now.Scout must not be updated as they don't
have a profile for Phil but i'm sure they will straight away.
In that one moment, Jake Heaps demonstrated an incredible amount of class. Best
of luck with your new team, Jake.
Hey, anyone else notice that Jake Heaps showed a whole lot of class in
recommending BYU even though so many of us fans have been dissing him for months
(including yours truly)? I have repented.
I just love these kinds of stories. I hope it works out for this young man but
even if it doesn't I love his enthusiasm and his desire to serve a mission.
The story just really made me feel good and I'm pulling for him. Good Luck
This story is about more than football. Hope the football works out, but long
after college sports he will be blessed for his decision.
Like several of you I was not only impressed with this young man but proud that
Jake was willing to do what is right. So thanks Jake. Impressive. I am still
a fan and hope you do well at KU.Now if we could only get both Red
and Blue people to understand that great people go to the U and the Y. (and KU)
And the fact that BYU is not for everyone that is LDS and that all BYU people
are one way and that U people are a certain way as well. Having grown up around
the U my whole life with most of my friends going there and me going to the Y,
trust me I have seen both sides. I am a fan of both. I know the good and the
bad at both. Please let us know how this story ends. He would be
quite a missionary. 330 pound guy knocking on a door would be fun to watch. I
was that tall but half that weight when I was knocking on doors in Kansas 35
Dear Brother Ford, congratulations on your joining with us in the gospel. I
really hope you get a good shot at joining BYU. I also highly recommend a
mission. It will forever change your life and make you into a man with great
priorities. Good luck and God Bless!
What a great story. B.Y.U. loves recruits like these who are LDS and want to
come and play sports as well as surround themselves with others of their faith.
I don't know if B.Y.U. has a scholarship available for him, but if they do
he would fit nicely with our program. Also kudos to Jake who could have made
disparaging comments about B.Y.U. but instead told him that even though B.Y.U.
didn't work out for him it is still a good school and has a great
atmosphere. Good luck to Phil and Jake in your endeavors.
I like and support Utah football but can I say this hedgehog, you're
getting a bit tiresome already! Attack BYU football all you want but let's
keep the young men out of it.
Hopefully he can reach his dream and play for BYU. If that isn't possible
for some reason, Utah and USU could be alternate options for him.
Iowa Western has LDS roots in the soccer program and now some football! The Reivers have been recruiting LDS kids since they started their
soccer program several years ago. More than 50% of the girls team are from out
here and LDS.Their football program for a JC team has done a great
job in the three short years they've been around. 23 - 8 overall. They came
out here 2010 and played Snow College for a bowl game.Hope this kid
can find a home, he's got heart!
He will fit in perfectly in Provo, Utah. They will love him there!
Congratulations to Mr. Ford on his current decision. He will be faced with many
more, some pertaining to making his grades, others regarding keeping standards
that will keep himself worthy to pursue his goals.What happens if
BYU doesn"t have a scholorship to offer him, what will he do and how will he
act. That would be a real test of character or committment, but could certainly
be a great possibility.They make some tough ball players out there
on the plains and it sounds like he would be a good addition to many teams.
Best of luck in the months to come. Maybe luck doesn't have much to do
with it, maybe it is more about what we make of every individual situation or
He may have "only" been recruited by Kansas and Minnesota. But BYU
seems to do quite well with the kids that are D-1 quality regardless of which
D-1 schools recruited them, if they have a burning desire to play for BYU as he
currently does. I would just hope that fire stays with him after the initial
zeal he admirably feels inevitably cools to the more mellow variety that
characterizes day-to-day living of the Gospel.
That kid's not going to like it in Utah that's for sure. He'll
The real question is can he field punts and kickoffs in practice. If he can,
he'll be starting in no time.
I am not finding his father on the KU staff as one writer posted. He is not
listed on the KU offical page. If Worf has some other source it would be good
to hear what it is.Don't know his father's name from this
article so I can't do any research on that.His excited
happiness is infectiou and fun to see. I enjoy hearing about people who want
and desire to edify their lives. He sees this change in his life for good. I
give him kudo's for that. I give kudo's to anyone who finds something
that edifies their life and better still someone elses life.Better
than spending your life whinning about someone else's life or goals. What
kind of alternate reality view point would find joy in that? Glad I don't
live in that kind of lonely bubble.
More important than playing football, is the fact that this young man accepted
the Gospel. I had a nephew, now deceased, that served a mission in Toronto
Canada, many years ago. He was huge,weighed 11 lbs at birth and went from
there, had to have clothes specially made and wore a size 18 (i think)shoe.
They were also made for him. His comment "when I knock on their door they
don't dare to turn me away". However, he was really a softie, loved
the gospel, served well, and was a wonderful dancer, this Aunt loved to dance
with him. A True example of your size might not be the eternal factor in you,
but your service to your Heavenly Father can definitely be a positive, in
anyone's life, football player, doctor, Dad, politician whatever you choose
I hope the Naysayers don't dream up the idea that Bronco contacted the
missionaries and asked them if they knew about a great athlete he could recruit.
@eastcoastcougI agree. I'm so tired of hearing people trash
Jake Heaps for leaving BYU. He's showed a lot more class towards his
former school than many the Cougar faithful ever showed him.
Jake Heaps showed his true colors and that is Pure Class, Good Luck Jake Heaps
most Cougar Fan's Miss you.
Nice. Like this kid. Good luck.EastCoastCoug, I dis notice Jake
Heaps showing class. He's always had it, it's just a great many Y fans
forgot that along the way.
What will "blues" nation do when Wazzu torches BYU in week one at LES?
BYU fans had better be humble for once........because you're gonna get
@Utah-Hawaii Alum We will see if your prediction will come true in week
one. BUT we will also be watching when Wazzu comes to RES and humbles the Mighty
U so there big boy