BYU QB greats coming together for a common cause

by | Aug. 13, 2010

Saints & Sports

It's an eclectic mix of men, but they share at least one thing in common — each was an All-American quarterback at BYU.

The group, whose collegiate playing days span more than 30 years, includes an Area Authority Seventy of the LDS Church who was dubbed "The Mormon Rifle" during his days in Provo (Gifford Nielsen) and one who once graced the cover of Rolling Stone Magazine and was known in the NFL as "the punky QB" (Jim McMahon).

It includes an ESPN commentator (Steve Young), a high school head coach (Ty Detmer) and a college head coach (Steve Sarkisian).

One of them was the first LDS quarterback to play in the NFL (Virgil Carter). One of them led the Cougars to a national championship (Robbie Bosco). Two of them guided their NFL teams to Super Bowl titles (Young and McMahon). One of them won the Heisman Trophy (Detmer).

For the first time ever, BYU's famous line of prodigious quarterbacks — Carter, Nielsen, Wilson, McMahon, Young, Bosco, Detmer and Sarkisian — will all be together over the weekend of Sept. 3 as part of "Y Quarterback Weekend." The Cougars host Sarkisian's Washington team in the 2010 season-opener on Sept. 4.

Those quarterbacks will also be joined by the legendary coach for whom they played — LaVell Edwards.

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