Because of Thursday’s game against TCU, the BYU football team celebrated their “Thursday’s Hero” Tuesday at practice. Two young men, Trent Duval and Kyle Sorenson were honored as Heroes of the BYU football team.
Duval is an 8-year-old boy who has AML Leukemia and has been in the hospital 11 of the last 15 months. Originally Duval was supposed to be honored later on in the season, but because he only has days or weeks to live, he was able to see his Cougars practice and get some great gifts as well.
Sorenson is a 12-year-old Cougar football fan who got in a car accident eight years ago with his whole family. Everyone survived, but Sorenson was left a quadriplegic, having to use a breathing tube.
Defensive lineman, Jan Jorgensen, presented the gifts.
“Trent, you’re a stud,” said Jorgensen. “You have no idea how happy we are to have you out here. We know that you are a big BYU fan, and we want you to know that you’re our hero. There are not a lot of people that get to come out here and do this, but we want you to know that you’re a part of our BYU football team. To show our love for you, we have a bag full of goodies for you.”
Duval and Sorenson both received hats, signed flags and a Fui Vakapuna jersey. When presented the Vakapuna jersey, head coach Bronco Mendenhall said, “You’re probably faster than Fui right now!”
Russell Tialevea presented the team flag and asked them each to sign it, while Ian Dulan and Brock Richardson both presented the boys the team coins.
“This coin is what we represent,” said Dulan. “We must carry it with us at all times, and if Coach Mendenhall asks us to present the coin, we must present it or we will have to run!”
Duval and Sorenson were accompanied by their families, all totaling over 41 men, women and children at the Cougar practice.