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 good, retirement, seasons, and time

Considering retirement? When that happens, I don't want that to be the story of whatever the season it is. I don't want to have to be talking about it all the time. My plan is when the time is up, it'll be time to hang it up. When that comes, it'll come. But right now, I don't have any clue as to when that'll be. It's been that way the last couple of years. . . . I've often felt if I ever get to a point where I don't want to go recruiting and can't get excited about it, then maybe it's time. That's a pretty good indication that's probably it. And I haven't reached that point at all yet.

LaVell Edwards (1931 -)

Source: Interview, Friday, July 23, 1999

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A Quote by LaVell Edwards on ability, adversity, belief, coaching, football, life, problems, and success

When we have adversity we oftentimes tend to look around and think that we're the Lone Ranger. We tend to believe that we're the only one who has problems. And we always look around and see others who are more talented, taller, smarter, handsomer, or faster. I can assure you, everyone has problems-even football coaches. The ability we have to handle this adversity will determine the degree of success that we will have in life.

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 ability, adversity, christ, jesus, life, needs, power, strength, and success

The ability we have to handle this adversity will determine the degree of success that we will have in life. To me, this is where the gospel can be the greatest of help to us. The power of the Holy Ghost is the greatest source of strength and comfort we can have in our lives. The Holy Ghost will not only help us in times of need, but will help us to gain a firm testimony of the gospel of Jesus Christ, thereby preparing us for life.

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 anxiety, chance, football, good, health, problems, and seasons

How is your health? I feel pretty good, and I'm very anxious to get the season going. I think we have a chance to have a good football team. I don't have any health problems. I don't know how any of the stuff gets started. . . . My health is very good.

LaVell Edwards (1931 -)

Source: Interview, Friday, July 23, 1999

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A Quote by LaVell Edwards on coaching, good, justice, planning, and reason

Edwards recalled that he once planned to coach until he was 60 as he signed an extension to his contract. I was about 62 before I ever remembered that's what I had set up. . . . Now I'm already making plans for next year and recruiting. That's the reason for this. I just feel good right now.

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 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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