The first bowl game I ever attended was the Miracle Bowl, so naturally, Jim
McMahon became one of my all-time favorite BYU players.I sincerely
hope Jim finishes his degree so he that can be inducted into the BYU Hall of
I think Jim McMahon was byU all time best!I admired his defiance
against Coach Edwards in the Miracle Bowl when Edwards was ready to quit sending
the punt team out on the field, McMahon refused to get off the field, McMahon
created the Miracle.As he said in a local TV interview "I did it
The hypocrisy displayed at BYU surrounding the McMahon hall of fame never ceased
to amaze me. As Jimmy Mac says in the article, he was followed around for 5
years, so everyone knew what he was doing. But, strangely enough, after the
Miracle Bowl, when his eligibility was used up, he was "asked to leave."
He was enrolled and intended to graduate, but his expulsion eliminated that
possibility.But, every time the Cougar Club wants to raise money,
they ask Jim to come back so they can parade him around as a BYU legend. To his
credit, he obliges, but no one will make mention of the fact they kicked him out
of school, and he still is not inducted into their hall of fame.By
the way, the rules for membership into the HOF were changed AFTER McMahon was
expelled. Prior to that incident, graduation from BYU was not a requirement.
They made it so, when it became clear McMahon was on to bigger and better
things, namely winning a super bowl, and not likely to return.
The hypocrisy is that ute "fans" love McMahon for his atypical BYU
behavior, and yet would be secretly taking pictures of him engaging in
anti-honor code behavior if he were a player today. At the very least,
they'd be calling for his suspension from the team, even though honor code
rules don't impact them at all. Holier than thou attitude on the hill has
never been more rampant.
It would appear Jimmy Mac has as much a "case" against Budweiser as
against the NFL for any damage sustained to his brain. Still, he was a pretty
darn good quarterback.