LaVell Edwards

1931 -

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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A Quote by LaVell Edwards on ability, blindness, kindness, leadership, problems, talent, vision, and winning

Looking at the championship-winning quarterbacks, Edwards remembered their particular talents: Jim McMahon: A great natural leader. Great ability. Great presence. For a guy who was supposed to be blind in one eye, he had as much vision as anyone I've ever seen. He'd know instinctively where he should turn and where he should throw the ball. He was never a problem on the field. He was kind of cocky, but that didn't bother me. He had such a quick delivery and such a natural ability. I told Chicago he'd win them a Super Bowl.

LaVell Edwards (1931 -)

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

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A Quote by LaVell Edwards on direction, grace, intelligence, justice, kindness, problems, quiet, style, talent, thought, and winning

Looking at the championship-winning quarterbacks, Edwards remembered their particular talents: Marc Wilson: He probably had more grace and form and style than anybody I've seen who's 6'5". He played like he was 6'1". A very fluid athlete. He had great speed. Look at the pictures of him. Everything's symmetric. His back is straight, his knees are bent, his feet are in the right direction. Just a terrific athlete. And highly intelligent. He wasn't a real take charge guy. He had a kind of high pitched voice, and that sort of compounded his image problem. But he was much more competitive and tougher than you thought. In his quiet way he'd always get it done.

LaVell Edwards (1931 -)

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

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A Quote by LaVell Edwards on day, happiness, history, kindness, people, seasons, talent, time, and winning

Looking at the championship-winning quarterbacks, Edwards remembered their particular talents: Robbie Bosco: One of my all time favorite people. He never changed from the day he came here to the day he left. He's a very happy guy, laid back, casual, kind of self-effacing. Yet look at that Michigan game. That was one of the guttiest performances in the history of anything. All those games during the championship season when we had to come from behind to win. He could reach back and kind whatever he needed to win. He could run, he could throw, the other players wanted to come through for him. He did it all.

LaVell Edwards (1931 -)

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

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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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