26-year-old Tyler Pulsipher was recognized by the team this afternoon as this week’s “Thursday’s Hero.” Pulsipher was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer a year ago and is living the three to five months he has to live watching his Cougars play an undefeated season.
A big fan of BYU football, when asked by head coach Bronco Mendenhall if he had anything to say to the team, Pulsipher said, “Keep on winning!”
Pulsipher was presented a jersey, t-shirts, hats and a flag by senior running back Fui Vakapuna, while senior wide receiver Michael Reed asked him to sign the team flag that is carried onto the field each game.
“We look up to you and you’re a hero to us,” said Reed. “Everyone who signs this flag makes a commitment to excellence and it would be an honor if you signed it for us.”
After presenting the gifts to Pulsipher, each team member had the opportunity to shake his hand.
Pulsipher served a mission to Cambodia and later earned his Bachelor degree at BYU, majoring in business.
Head coach Bronco Mendenhall greets Pulsipher and introduces him to the team
Running back Fui Vakapuna presents Pulsipher with gifts from the team
A Visit from Little League
Following the “Thursday’s Hero” presentation, the team was quickly surrounded by hundreds of little league football players who were at practice. Head coach Bronco Mendenhall headed over to speak with these young, ambitious athletes and explained the five things BYU focuses on and looks for in new recruits.
2.Positive contributions to your family
3.Grades above the average of 3.0
“Even though we have the longest win streak in the nation and are undefeated this season, football is still number five on the list,” Mendenhall said. “Do these five things in this order and you will always come out on top.”
After a pep-talk from coach Mendenhall, the kids were off to work on their specific positions with the individual players. Max Hall could be heard with the quarterbacks, yelling, “That’s 10 push-ups!” after a player missed his target.
Bronco Mendenhall addresses the crowd
The young players listen carefully as Mendenhall speaks
Assistant coach Paul Tidwell explains to the players where each position will meet
Junior Max Hall explains a drill to the young quarterbacks
Freshman defensive back Travis Uale performs a drill with some of the young players
Junior Scott Johnson
Junior Brandon Howard