Ty Detmer came to our Pack meeting in Davis County when I was a boy. He was
great with all of us and signed anything we wanted. He has been an example of
goodness and greatness his whole life and will always be my favorite BYU player.
And this is why I want my kids going to a Utah or church college.
I have always liked Ty Detmer. He is genuine and he didn't let awards, or
status go to his head. Many athletes should follow his example. He played the
game because he enjoyed it not for the money, and he wanted other kids to enjoy
it too. What a great article.
Beautiful story. Detmer was (and is) obviously a class act.
Good people give good gifts. The ultamet gift is your present. you become
immortal by how long your presents is appreciated after you've left. the
difference between mortals and immortals is reason. The reason is, is because
you matter. You matter, that's the spirit of things. The name of the spirit
is Jesus who was a gift from God because He so loved the world. Love gives you
wings because you'll never know where your heart will take you, it's
more than an emotion, it's the ability to get into the spirit of things.
So, up till now the past is determined, the future is uncertain, the present is
what you've got.
There are role models, and then there are models that just rolls, for the
almighty dough that is! Glad to know Ty was real and genuine in that role.
I'll turn 40 this December, and to this day Ty Detmer remains my one, true
sports hero.My years in high school matched his years in college. I
was a junior when he won the Heisman and remember exactly where I was when I
heard the news. I followed his first years in the NFL by reading newspaper
clippings as a missionary in Ukraine. As a young boy who loved
sports more then, than at any time in my life, he was the example to me of true
greatness and I've admired, loved and respected him ever since.
They broke the mold with Ty.Also experiencing strange moisture from my
eyeballs at this time.If Ty is the only BYU Cougar to ever win the
Heisman Memorial Trophy, I'm so glad it was him.No other BYU QB
has been the standard bearer for BYU that Ty has been.He has no equal.
Ty was not the only one with great example. Steve Young, Danny Ainge and Jimmer.
It's the difference between a BYU player and one from other programs. When
values and character are a recruiting priority you get class. When others
things are the priority you get different results.
Just this week our 9-year-old son asked, "How did you get Ty Detmer's
autograph?" I inquired if he had found our Ty Detmer book written by
Brenton Yorgason. He replied that he's doing a book report on it. I
described how my good friend worked at the BYU bindery in the late 90's and
made a delivery to the athletic offices. Ty was there visiting LaVell Edwards
and the secretary asked if my friend wanted his signature. Thankfully my friend
asked if he could get 2 autographs; one for him and one for me that I keep in
the book. His autograph sparks discussions about great Cougar football moments
AND admiration for a great person who won a Heisman as a QB at BYU. Thanks Ty!!
Yes, he did the same for us, too, when he came to the Sports Fireside at our
Stake. He even took the time to speak to both my wife and me....twice. He IS a
model of what we need a LOT more of in Sports and society.Thanks,
DEW CougarsTy was not the only one with great example. Steve Young, Danny
Ainge and Jimmer.I agree with you on Ty but not Danny Ainge, I
witnessed him turn down young kids seeking his autograph and seeing the
disappointment on their faces.Detmer; class actAinge; No
classYoung; Don't knowJimmer; not famous enoughIt
is what it is
Oops, my bad on Danny Ainge
Similar to 'Humbly Yours', I'll be 40 this January, and Ty has
been the most profound sports figure in my life, hands down. I immediately fell
into the wrong crowd when I moved to Utah in Jr. High, and I'll never
forget sneaking into a back room at a party, and turning on the BYU/Miami game
(the first BYU football game I had ever watched). Needless to say, from that
moment BYU athletics became my addiction (still is). My druggy friends were all
very protective of my choices, and I graduated High School having never once
experimented with drugs or alcohol. But I was a full-blown Cougar addict, and
haven't quit ever since!
Big time players who have this level of class aren't just limited to the Y,
but in truth there are altogether too few of them across the sports world, both
at college level and pro. Too often these guys quickly forget their roots, or
just feel that they have no obligation to act as role models in the first place.
Like it or not, they are in fact role models -- whether their behavior
influences young people for good or for ill is their only choice in the matter.
It's great to recognize folks like Detmer who step out of their way to
treat kids this way, and represent their sport and their team so well. In this
great age of rampant commercialization, greed, and out of control narcissism, we
have altogether too few of such people. Detmer was and is exemplary. Even at
5'11", as an athletic role model and example to kids, no one ever stood
I respect Max Hall, but I admire Ty Detmer. This story is about last
year's Heisman winner, and how different he is compared to Ty Detmer. I
would have to say that the true difference is maturity, and Ty Detmer always had
I want to say that my post above is called; The Saint Nickels Theory. Named
after Santa Claws. Gifts are still gave by him, and that's what he was
remembered doing and others wanted to give a good gift without the other stuff,
you know what I mean.
Ty is awesome for sure. But let's include Eli Herring in this group of
humble athletes we look up to. Eli did something incredible in foregoing a high
NFL pick and salary to avoid playing on Sunday. There's someone to whom
money and fame mean absolutely nothing!!
For Scott Farcas:My brother-in-law and I were playing golf at
Riverside CC, when we noticed Steve Young with a friend, hitting golf balls at
the driving range. My brother-in-law called his wife and told her to bring the
pictures they had of Steve, and see if she could get his autograph. When she
approached him with a picture and a regular pen, he said sure, but that pen
would never do, because autographs with marker pens would last longer and be
worth more. He thought he had one in his car. He left the driving range to
look for it. He couldn't find it, so they went into the clubhouse to
borrow a marking pen, which he used to autograph every picture she had, before
he returned to the driving range. Count Steve Young as one of the good guys.
When I was playing football in High School in Kansas, my brother lived in Provo
and sat behind Ty at a BYU basketball game. I soon received in the mail a
basketball program, with the words written, "Dear Brent, Good luck in
football. – Ty Detmer".So awesome for a kid playing
football who loved watching BYU. Ty was not only a class act, he was
the most fun I've ever had watching football. Never felt like you were out
of a game with him at quarterback. Fiery competitive on the field, but humble
when you hear him talk to the media.Recently saw him at a
quarterback camp at our local high school, coaching up young players. I wondered
if they knew how great he was? If my son attended, I think I'd have to get
together a long list of highlights to help them appreciate the opportunity to
train with him.Thanks Ty!
Ty became a lot of magnificent things, and his time at the Y contributed
greatly. Yes, great people emerge from other schools, and not every BYU athlete
is the model of true Christian (wo)man-hood, but we seem to get more than our
share.Good call with Eli Herring, too. Not many things in common,
but the traits they do share are the ones we want more of.