Another (Albeit Indirect) Coach Edwards Memory

More (Albeit Indirect) Memories of BYU Football Coach LaVell Edwards

By Ken K. Gourdin

Current Philadelphia TV sports reporter, former member of the National Football League’s Philadelphia Eagles, formber BYU Cougar, and former LDS bishop Vai Sikahema recently shared memories of recently-departed BYU football Coach LaVell Edwards in a Deseret News column. See Sikahema’s reminiscences here (last accessed January 7, 2017):

http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865670583/Leadership-a-big-part-of-LaVell-Edwards-legacy.html.

I commented:

Bishop Sikahema:

What advice do I think Coach Edwards would (or should) have given you? I dunno. How ’bout this: When Ty Detmer was playing for the Eagles, and he’d just thrown a couple of interceptions in the game, and you were trying to conduct a serious analysis of why the Eagles lost, you definitely shouldn’t let (now-)Coach Detmer off the hook just because he flashed that Million-Watt, Million-Yard-Wide Texas Grin and drawled, “Awww, Bishop, I’m sorry!” on live television. ;-D

Hope this helps.

Coach Edwards, thanks for the memories (including the above, for which you were indirectly responsible). Condolences to all so deeply affected by the loss, but here’s to eventual happy reunions elsewhere (and, indeed, to current happy reunions with those who have gone before).

-Ken

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Just as others must breathe to live, I must write. I have been writing creatively almost ever since I learned to write, period! I have written fiction, book- and article-length nonfiction, award-winning poetry, news, sports, features, and op-eds. I hope, one day, to write some motivational nonfiction, a decent-selling novel, a stage play, and a screen play.
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