LaVell Edwards

1931 -

A Quote by LaVell Edwards on belief, decisions, dreams, facts, justice, play, and time

The decision . . . was made some time ago, in fact, last January. Very honestly, I had never, ever, in my wildest dreams believed that I would ever do this. All I wanted to do was just play it out and when it was time to go, hang it up, take off and sail into the sunset somewhere.

LaVell Edwards (1931 -)

Source: Press conference at BYU, September 1, 2000, announcing his retirement after the 2000 season.

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A Quote by LaVell Edwards on difficulty, expertise, facts, football, jobs, and relationships

Reminiscing: No one knows . . . until you live it, to be there, to tee it up each week, to get yourself ready, the players and whatever else. . . . I think it's a very, very difficult, tough and demanding job. And to be able to, particularly, stay at the level of expertise that we have over the years. Along with the fact that we have made football a presence at BYU. I think those are the things that are about as satisfying as anything that has happened. Then, of course, the players. . . . I think the thing that will be the most difficult is leaving the relationships and the involvement.

LaVell Edwards (1931 -)

Source: Press conference at BYU, September 1, 2000, announcing his retirement after the 2000 season.

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A Quote by LaVell Edwards on college, excellence, experience, home, life, men, preparation, sons, and time

My sons served excellent missions, and . . . returned to participate in college athletics. . . . In their letters home, and even now that they have been back for some time, they frequently mention that the experiences in the mission field were the choicest and most gratifying of their lives. You young [men], begin to prepare yourselves now for this marvelous experience.

LaVell Edwards (1931 -)

Source: “Prepare for a Mission,” Ensign, Nov. 1984, © by Intellectual Reserve, Inc. Used by permission.

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A Quote by LaVell Edwards on business, friendship, and life

I've had a lot of friends in the business that got out earlier than normal. They tell me they got out too early and that I should make sure I've got all I want before I step aside. When I do get out, there are other things that I want to do with my life.

LaVell Edwards (1931 -)

Source: Trisha Barker, The Daily Universe (BYU), on the CBS SportsLine, March 23, 1999.

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A Quote by LaVell Edwards on time

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At some point in time it will be right for me to step aside. That may be after this year, but that may be after two or three more years.

LaVell Edwards (1931 -)

Source: Trisha Barker, The Daily Universe (BYU), on the CBS SportsLine, March 23, 1999.

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A Quote by LaVell Edwards on careers, chance, coaching, college, day, football, goals, justice, men, mistakes, opportunity, play, problems, seasons, starting, thinking, and thought

Steve Young is one of the most gifted young men that I have ever known. He is fast, strong, big, handsome, ... and rich. It is easy for us to look at Steve and say, "With all those attributes, you ought to be great." However, it is more than his physical attributes that have made him great; it is the way he thinks! When Steve was a junior and was starting his first season as our quarterback, we had one of the greatest opportunities presented to us in our football program at BYU. We were scheduled to play Herschel Walker and the University of Georgia, the defending national champions. We worked very hard and felt we had a chance to beat them if we played our very best and did not make mistakes. Before 82,000 fans, and on a "rainy day in Georgia," Steve threw five interceptions in the first half of the game-more than he would normally throw in five games! In spite of the interceptions and two missed field goal attempts, we were still tied 7-7 at halftime. Going into the dressing room, I thought to myself that I must talk to Steve and assure him that everything would be fine. The rain, the crowd, the tipped balls, etc.-I had all the excuses ready for throwing five interceptions in one half. I started explaining this to Steve and before I could finish, Steve stopped me, looked at me as if I was crazy, and said, "Hey coach, there's no problem. I can hardly wait to get back out there. We're going to win." I found myself thinking, "What do you mean there's no problem, you dummy. You have just thrown five interceptions!" It's the way he thinks. That's what has made him what he is and enabled him to accomplish what he has done. As you know, this was just the start of a career that would see him become one of the finest quarterbacks to play the game of college football.

LaVell Edwards (1931 -)

Source: “Prepare for a Mission,” Ensign, Nov. 1984, © by Intellectual Reserve, Inc. Used by permission.

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A Quote by LaVell Edwards on coaching, decisions, presidency, and support

And I want you to know . . . that I have had the greatest support from President Bateman. I could coach as long as I want to and never felt any pressure to reach a decision.

LaVell Edwards (1931 -)

Source: Press conference at BYU, September 1, 2000, announcing his retirement after the 2000 season.

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A Quote by LaVell Edwards on chance, football, good, preparation, and reason

The main reason for doing it now . . . had more to do with the players. This is a great group. This particular group has really worked hard to prepare themselves. And we have a chance to have a good football team.

LaVell Edwards (1931 -)

Source: Press conference at BYU, September 1, 2000, announcing his retirement after the 2000 season.

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A Quote by LaVell Edwards on belief

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We have reached the point where we can lose a game or two and not drop out of sight in the rankings. I've been asked if it bothers me that BYU hasn't received the recognition it deserves. Well, BYU's gotten a lot of recognition over the years; I've never felt slighted. I honestly believed that we didn't deserve to be ranked any higher last year.

LaVell Edwards (1931 -)

Source: Interview by Andy Boogaard, Fresno Bee, at WAC preseason meetings, August 5, 1997.

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A Quote by LaVell Edwards on facts, feeling, retirement, seasons, serenity, time, and wives

BYU takes on defending national champion Florida State in the Pigskin Classic in Jacksonville, Fla., eight days after announcing that the 2000 season would be his last before retirement: I do know this, that I'm finally a little bit more relieved than I've been for some time. Patti (his wife) and I have talked about it a lot and came to that conclusion (to retire). I had a feeling of serenity, if you will. In fact, I was feeling so serene that I put in a film of Florida State, and that got me out of that mood in a hurry.

LaVell Edwards (1931 -)

Source: Deseret News, August 18, 2000, Salt Lake City, UT

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