Bryan Rowley was phenomenal. Although he played during some down years at the
U, Rowley was usually the best players on either side of the field. Besides the
records that he set, the one thing that sticks out about him was his toughness.
He always played like he didn't care if he got hit, and he usually took
extra hits getting extra yards.Steve (or "Steveone" as he
was called) was an excellent receiver. But who could have foreseen his future
All-Pro and Hall of Fame career for the Panthers? He's definitely
established himself as one of the elite receivers in the NFL.And
Kevin Dyson. He had a solid career here, too. But he's been a part of two
famous plays in the NFL that even have their own names. He caught a long
lateral pass and went for a 75 yard touchdown for the Titans in a playoff game
against the Bills as time ran out. ESPN has called this the Music City Miracle.
Then there was the heart-breaking tackle inches short of the goal on his catch
in Super Bowl XXXIV against the Rams as time expired.Our Utes have
made us proud.
Nice to see that Deseret News got this one right! There is no doubt that Bryan
Rowley is the greatest reciever in Ute history! Interesting that DN
chose to use a picture of Bryan with two Cougars (Sikahema and Lewis). While
both Sikahema and Lewis went on to play and have successful careers in the NFL
they could not match the career stats and the impact that Rowley had at the
U!DN should update their list and declare Rowley the Greatest
Reciever in the state of Utah. Bryan Rowley for Mr. Utah!!!
Dolphins never should have cut Rowley........
My favorite Kevin Dyson moment came at the press conference after he was
drafted. He had the GM and Coach Jeff Fisher by his side. A reporter asked him
how he thought he would fit in with the team. He responded "After I get
back from my mission ..." After a few seconds of shocked disbelief, Dyson
responded "Just kidding".I'm sure it was way more funny
in Utah than in Texas.Go Utes!!
Bryan is the best receiver that Utah has had, but beyond that he was
instrumental in helping recruit all of the in state players to Utah as the
program was being rebuilt around the missionary effort.In prior
years if you wanted to serve a mission some short sighted coach decided they
would have to walk away from their scholarship. Nice plan and that resulted in
0 bowl appearances for 30 years!Once the LDS athletes followed
Bryan's (and others-but this article is about BR) then the rest is
history.I think it is safe to say that without Rowley playing for
Utah there IS NO SUGAR BOWL.Utah is a different place today because
of some of these early LDS guys like Curt Sampson, Eric Jacobson, Scott
Mitchell, Russ Dailey, Mike Lewis, Molonai Hola. They paved the way.Good work Rowley!
No Dennis Smith? I realize he lined up at TE but he was more of a WR.