LaVell Edwards

1931 -

A Quote by LaVell Edwards on cinema, good, ideas, practice, talent, and winning

Looking at the championship-winning quarterbacks, Edwards remembered their particular talents: Steve Young: Here's a guy that is really a talent. He's the best athlete we ever had. He could run, he developed into a good thrower. He's smart. He's intense. He could make it in the movies. Really, he's got it all. He was coachable, but he had his own ideas. He never let up, not even in practice. I'd take Steve Young every year.

LaVell Edwards (1931 -)

Source: Lee Benson in And They Came to Pass, 1988

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A Quote by LaVell Edwards on competition, decisions, giving, niceness, problems, questions, struggle, success, time, winning, and worth

Commenting on BYU moving to the Pacific-10 Conference: It's something we would have to look at, no question, but there has been no indication that any of them in the Pac-10 are interested in BYU. The question we would have to ask ourselves is, where we've had nice success, would it be worth giving that up to, maybe, go into a league that we might struggle for awhile before getting the program where we could compete with them. It took Arizona State and Arizona a long time. Myself, I don't have any problems staying in the WAC. I like it; we've had success. Winning 14 games last year, I don't think that happens if we were in a bigger league. Fortunately or unfortunately, there's going to be someone other than me who's going to make that decision down the line.

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 church, coaching, decisions, direction, encouragement, football, growth, improvement, life, opportunity, potential, progress, and responsibility

I feel that the progress I have made as a coach, as well as a person, is a direct result of the growth that I have made through my Church callings. I had the opportunity to serve as a bishop in a campus ward while I was still an assistant coach. When I was appointed head football coach in 1972, I decided to approach my role as a coach much the same as I did as a bishop, delegating responsibility to my assistants, putting responsibility on the players for self-improvement in all aspects of their lives, and using personal interviews with players to try to give positive reinforcement and encouragement so that they might do their very best and reach their full potential, both on and off the field.

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 retirement, seasons, and thinking

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: It's exciting. Thinking back to when I first came here, to when we were playing games where the Richards P.E. Building is, with the likes of Western Michigan - who beat us - and other teams like that. Now after all these years we're playing teams like Florida State.

LaVell Edwards (1931 -)

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

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A Quote by LaVell Edwards on achievement, greatness, life, men, opportunity, potential, preparation, success, and work

We tend to look at successful athletes and make them almost bigger than life. . . . I have seen many young men who have achieved greatness. I have also seen those who have come up a little short of their potential. I do know that those who succeed have been able to . . . recognize within themselves the potential to do something well and then work hard to prepare themselves for that eventual opportunity. Others wait for the opportunity to come and then start to work, thus coming up a little short.

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 motivation and practice

I can honestly say that two weeks after the national championship year, I'd forgotten about it and started laying the groundwork for spring practice. And so every year, that's been the thing that's motivated me. . . .

LaVell Edwards (1931 -)

Source: Interview

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A Quote by LaVell Edwards

I told Pattie that last night I dreamt that we had a press conference and nobody showed up. I am overwhelmed that so many of you are here.

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, and practice

Coming out of BYU's football spring, 1999, practice: We might have a chance to be pretty good.

LaVell Edwards (1931 -)

Source: by Jessica Kaye Johnson, KBYU Sports

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A Quote by LaVell Edwards on justice, play, sports, talent, and winning

Looking at the championship-winning quarterbacks, Edwards remembered their particular talents: Gary Sheide: The image of Joe Namath. He even had Joe's number. Had just a great feel and touch for the game. A great athlete who could play all the sports. He was more of a streak guy than any of them. He could miss two or three passes and then get hot and hit ten straight. He was the one who got it all started.

LaVell Edwards (1931 -)

Source: Lee Benson in And They Came to Pass, 1988

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A Quote by LaVell Edwards on awareness, certainty, good, justice, kindness, practice, talent, and winning

Looking at the championship-winning quarterbacks, Edwards remembered their particular talents: Gifford Nielsen: He was never a very good practice player. He couldn't run, he didn't have a great arm, he was kind of gangly, but he was sharp as a whip. Such a competitor. As good as we ever had. He had the intangibles that certain leaders have. A presence, an awareness. They're best under pressure. Like Mel Tillis, he talks and he stutters, but when he sings it's completely different. It was like that with Giff. On the field, something just clicked.

LaVell Edwards (1931 -)

Source: Lee Benson in And They Came to Pass, 1988

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