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Why BYU Football

Our Mission

BYU seeks to develop students of faith, intellect, and character who have the skills and the desire to continue learning and to serve others throughout their lives. Likewise, the mission of the BYU football program is, “To be the flag bearer of Brigham Young University through football excellence, embracing truth, tradition, virtue and honor as a beacon to the world.”

Inner Strength

A shared desire to “seek learning, even by study and also by faith” (D&C 88:118) knits BYU into a unique educational community. The intellectual range of a BYU education is the result of an ambitious commitment to pursue truth. Brigham Young University has always cared as much about strong moral character as about great mental capability.

Learning & Service

By “entering to learn” and continuing to learn as they “go forth to serve,” BYU students strengthen not only themselves - they “also bring strength to others in the tasks of home and family life, social relationships, civic duty, and service to mankind.” BYU should inspire students to keep alive their curiosity and prepare them to continue learning throughout their lives.

A Place For Winners

BYU is home to 74 All-Americans with 88 All-America citations, five College Football Hall of Fame players, a College Football Hall of Fame coach, the 1990 Heisman Trophy winner, the 2001 Doak Walker Award winner, four Davey O’Brien Award winners, two Outland Trophy winners, seven Sammy Baugh Trophy winners and a two-time National Coach of the Year winner.

Pro Football Prep

BYU football is a great place to launch an NFL career. Over the past 30 years BYU has had 79 players taken in the NFL draft, including 21 this decade. BYU also has had nine first-round draft picks. This year 18 former Cougars are on 13 NFL rosters--which is once again one of the most by any college team in the West.

Schedule & Opponents

BYU is a national program with opportunities to play against other top schools in the country. BYU has nonconference victories over top-ranked Miami (Fla.), Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Texas, Oregon, Washington, Washington State, Penn State, California, Texas A&M, Virginia, Mississippi State, Arizona State, Arizona, UCLA, Kansas State and Syracuse.

National TV Exposure

With 74 nationally and regionally televised games over the last seven years, BYU football is in the spotlight. Thanks to a strong national following, a winning tradition, and the Cougars’ high-profile future schedule, the national exposure of BYU Football is sure to increase. It’s little wonder BYU Football has produced four of the top-10 largest audiences in ESPN history.

Fan Support

Few universities have a fan base as loyal, dedicated and die-hard as BYU. Cougar fans are some of the greatest fans on earth. Since 1982 BYU has consistently ranked among the top five in attendance in the West, ranking No. 3 in 2008. BYU enters 2009 having sold out its last 12 home games. With its affiliation with the LDS Church, BYU also has a strong national and international following.

Outstanding Facilities

BYU football is home to clearly some of the nation’s top football facilities. Upgrades include a two-story strength and conditioning center, the nation’s largest indoor practice facility, football offices and team meeting rooms, leading edge athletic training facilities, football hall of fame and an upgraded game-day locker room at the 64,045-seat LaVell Edwards Stadium.

Tradition & Honors

Since 1974 BYU has played in 27 bowl games, won a National Championship, claimed 22 Conference Championships and earned 17 national top-25 finishes, including four top-10 finishes. BYU has established itself as one of the top football programs in the West, winning nearly 80 percent of its conference games and 70 percent of all its games since 1972.