LaVell Edwards

1931 -

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 careers, christ, family, jesus, life, possessions, and wives

In my career I have had many wonderful things happen to me, many more than I ever dreamed would ever happen. But I would like for you young brethren especially to know that all that has happened to me in my chosen profession is a mere drop in the bucket compared to the truly important things in my life. The testimony of the gospel of Jesus Christ that I have, along with my wife and my family, are my most important possessions.

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 careers, time, and winning

Edwards said the greatest moment of his career was winning the national championship. The lowest moment (of my career) happens every time we lose to Utah.

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 coaching, jobs, justice, and people

Edwards commented as he signed an extension to his contract. They had changed coaches every three or four years before my getting the head job. It was just going to be a matter of when I got fired. There were a lot of people that felt that.

LaVell Edwards (1931 -)

Source: Tim Korte, AP Sports Writer, Wednesday, September 22, 1999, at Salt Lake City, UT

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A Quote by LaVell Edwards on beginning, disappointment, facts, force, justice, and time

Milestones you'd like to reach before retiring? Not really. Because when I began it was never to reach 100 games or reach 200 or to get high on the all-time list or whatever else. Those things are by-products. I want to win another championship, beginning with the conference championship. The thing that was disappointing to me last year was the fact that we did not win the conference championship. I felt like we just let that game (against Air Force in Las Vegas) get away from us.

LaVell Edwards (1931 -)

Source: Interview, Friday, July 23, 1999

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A Quote by LaVell Edwards on commitment, desires, habits, knowledge, leadership, success, understanding, and work

He will return with a greater understanding of himself, greater leadership capabilities, better work habits, and a better knowledge of what it takes to be successful. It really depends on the young man's desire, commitment, work habits, and how important it is to him when he returns.

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 chance, decisions, experience, habits, knowledge, play, success, and work

It has been our experience that if a young man decides to go on a mission, he can not only play well when he returns, he will often play better. If an athlete could play well before he went on a mission, he will definitely play well when he returns; and, if an athlete could not play well before his mission, he probably won't play well when he returns. However, his chances of playing well are perhaps better if he goes because he will return with . . . better work habits, and a better knowledge of what it takes to be successful.

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 challenge, coaching, egotism, justice, motivation, needs, and relationships

What keeps you motivated? The challenge of putting all the elements of a team together and seeing how you do and what you become is the thing that I still enjoy. I also enjoy the associations and relationships with the players and other coaches - to be in the arena, so to speak. I still enjoy that. I'm also at the point, though, that if we're not doing well - it's tough enough as it is - that I'm not going to be hanging on just to be hanging on. Because it's not anything I need from an ego standpoint or anything else. I just thoroughly enjoy what I'm doing.

LaVell Edwards (1931 -)

Source: Interview, Friday, July 23, 1999

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