05 August 2008

Meeting One of My Heroes


This was one of the most amazing experiences of my life. I am not one to get all "groupie" about celebrities -- not even for the New Kids on the Block (and that is sayin' something 'cuz I love me my NKOTB!). But there are a few people who I deeply admire for the lives they lead, the examples of Christians that they are, and how they inspire me to lead a better, more Christ-centered life.

Bronco Mendenhall, coach of the Brigham Young University Cougars football team is one of those kind of people.

So to actually get to hear him speak and MEET him (!!!)... that was... well, there just aren't words for how wonderful that was for me. I am impressed by the way he lives his life close to the Spirit and expects his players to live great lives on and off the football field. Tradition, Spirit, and Honor are not just marketing phrases for Bronco or his players: they are standards by which to live.
Thanks, Coach Mendenhall, for being an example of a disciple of Christ and for not only raising the bar to build powerful players who courageously fight on the football field, but for raising the bar to raise righteous men who honor their priesthood powers and fight courageously for the Savior and the truth. "If all men had been, and were, and ever would be..." (see Alma 48:17).