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Triumph of football and Spirit: BYU and the 1984 National Championship

As part of this month’s series on 20th century Mormonism, I’d like to take a brief glance at BYU and the 1984 National Championship. For those unfamiliar with 1980s sports history, BYU won the national championship for the very first time in 1984. As a 2009 article puts it, “I can’t think of a more unlikely national champion … an unranked (preseason) team from a non-power conference.” I refer you to the article for an analysis of games played; today, I’m going to give you a few media perspectives on the win.

First up is a 1985 Sports Illustrated feature, which contrasts the winning players with their teammates who were serving missions at the time.

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