-A Measure of Quality-
Remembrance of Brown and Edwards
Sports are one of the greatest gifts in life. It can bring so much joy, yet so much pain. Through winning and losing, it provides lifelong lessons that we carry with us long after our glory days are behind us. It builds friendships and bonds that never fade. Most importantly, it brings us together—whether it be friends or family, teammates or foes.
This past year, we lost an unmistakable legend with the passing of former Brigham Young coach, LaVell Edwards. A man who made so many lives better and helped change the landscape of college football. Through the countless lives Edwards touched, he left the sports landscape in Utah far better than when he found it. He leaves behind a legacy that will live on for generations and generations to come.
Unfortunately, the heartbreak did not stop there.
Recently, there was also the passing of Hillcrest High football coach, Cazzie Brown. What was supposed to be a time of celebration and excitement over a new coach for the Huskies, lasted one season and one game before the vibrant role model was taken from his family, friends and team far too soon.
When dealing with those two losses and the countless others that individuals have faced, it’s important to learn from their good and also their mistakes. When someone passes, there’s a Greek saying that goes, “May their memory be eternal.” It means making their memories live on in you and those that surround you. That’s the challenge to those who were fortunate to have had their lives touched by Coach Brown and Coach Edwards. By so doing, the Utah sports scene will continue to thrive.
Our state has a strong legacy in sports: from football, to basketball, to gymnastics, to boxing and to the slopes—the accomplishments go on and on. The level of enthusiasm among the fans has been and will remain one of the most passionate in the entire country.
As we remember the accomplishments of Cazzie Brown and LaVell Edwards, let us also remember the impact they had on all under their tutelage. It’s through them that the memory of Brown and Edwards live on.
By Alex Markham