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Episode #43

Ty Detmer

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Heisman Trophy Winner Always Staying Positive Through Ups & Downs of Fame & Football 


Guest Bio:

Detmer won BYU's first Heisman by producing the most passing yards and total offense in the history of the award. He is the last Heisman winner to come from a school that does not play in a major FBS conference.

He signed with BYU and, after redshirting the 1987 season, showed early flashes of greatness in 1988 by coming off the bench to lead the Cougars to a 20-17 win over Colorado in the Freedom Bowl.

Detmer took over the starting job the following season and set the NCAA record for passing by a sophomore with 4,560 yards (with 32 touchdowns). His rating of 175.6 nearly broke the NCAA record for pass efficiency in a season.

His epic junior year included a 28-21 victory over top-ranked Miami early in the season in Provo, one of the biggest wins in BYU history. During the nationally televised victory over the Hurricanes, Detmer threw for 406 yards and earned national Player-of-the-Week honors. The win was, without a doubt, a huge factor in him winning the Heisman later in the year.

Detmer returned for his senior season in 1991, passing for 4,031 yards and 35 scores while finishing third in the Heisman vote behind Desmond Howard.

By the end of his collegiate career, Detmer had broken 59 NCAA records and tied three others. He finished his career with a then-NCAA-record 15,031 yards passing. He also had 14,665 career yards in total offense, another NCAA best at the time. The Cougars were invited to four bowl games and compiled a record of 37-13-2 during the Detmer years. 


After finishing his record-setting career at BYU and earning a bachelor's degree in recreation administration, Detmer was drafted in the 9th round of the 1992 draft by the Green Bay Packers and had a pretty decent journeyman career, playing for the Packers, Philadelphia Eagles, Cleveland Browns, and the Atlanta Falcons.



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Show Notes


  • Introduction (1:59)

  • Ty and his life raising 4 daughters (3:37)

  • Is it easier for Ty to manage 85 football players or 4 daughters (4:06)

  • Ty Detmer personal life and owning his own ranch (4:22)

  • What is Ty Favorite thing to hunt (5:09)

  • Growing up in Texas and coming to an LDS School being non-LDS (6:30)

  • What life was like going to BYU and how he fit right in (7:50)

  • What was Lavell Edwards like and recruiting process (8:05)

  • Type of coach that Lavell was (9:52)

  • What was the greatest game that Ty ever played in (12:08)

  • Walking through separating both shoulders but still trying to play through it (13:25)

  • Ty winning the Heisman Trophy and how he had a unique story of the day he won (14:28)

  • Senior year at BYU and the year after winning the Heisman Trophy (18:15)

  • Coaching the 2017 schedule for BYU and how he views his role (19:56)

  • Playing 14 years in the NFL through 6 different teams (22:14)

  • Relationship with Brett Farve (22:45) 

  • What life is really like in the NFL and the locker room (26:36)

  • What it was like being a teacher and a mentor to some of the best QB's in history (28:09)

  • Playing with Steve Young in the NFL (28:28)

  • What is the difference between stars and superstars in the NFL (31:53)

  • Season with the lions in 2001 (36:42)

  • Best athlete in the History of BYU, Jimmer or Ty (38:04)

  • Ty Detmer dealing with a Ponzi Scheme (40:00)

  • What business advice can Ty give from experience (45:41)

  • Why did Ty make the decision to come back to BYU to coach (47:23)

  • What struggles did he find with BYU (49:27)

  • Ty opinion on BYU being independent versus being in a conference (49:55)

  • BYU recruiting disadvantages and advantages with the Honor Code (52:52)





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