BYU Chairman Kevin Worthen gives uplifting message to football team

PROVO, Utah – Brigham Young University President Kevin Worthen recently stopped by practice at BYU fall football camp.

Worthen, BYU’s 13th president, has held the title of president since 2014. A graduate of BYU’s J. Reuben Clark Law School in 1982, Worthen joined BYU University School in 1987.

Prior to the start of the pandemic in the spring of 2020, Worthen, a former varsity athlete from eastern Utah, frequently attended home and away games with the football program. So it was not uncommon for President Worthen to rub shoulders with the BYU football team.

He shared an inspiring message to the 2021 grill team last Thursday in practice. BYU’s official football social media accounts shared a snippet of the post. Here are the full quotes from Worthen.

President Kevin J. Worthen addresses the BYU football team

“First Corinthians chapter 12 talks about different parts of the body. And he said, “The eye can’t tell the foot, I don’t need you.” And the head cannot tell the arm; I do not need you. We need them all, and we are one to do it.

“Now did you know that more than anything else you represent us? And how you represent us in a way that you trust yourself, love yourself, help each other. It not only sends the right message we want to send to the world. But it allows you to be the perfect type of football team you’re going to be this year.

“Well, just one more thing, there will be times this season, maybe already in this camp and this camp and this fall training, in your own life where things don’t go well. Guaranteed. When this happens, there is a saying attributed to Ralph Waldo Emerson; I’m not sure he was the one who actually said it. But he said, ‘When it’s dark enough you can see the star.’ You think of that in the celestial context in which you sort of say, “the stars are still there. But it’s only when it’s dark that you can see who they are. When you find out who the real stars are, when it’s dark enough, when things aren’t going right, then you find out that’s when you can see the star.

“There are a lot of stars in this team. 123, I think that’s the number, is that right? This is what you can do, is shine in the eyes of others, when you see them depressed, when you see them having a hard time or something when things are not going well; that’s when you need to be the star.

“When things aren’t going well, that’s when you have to be the star. So thank you, I’ll spare you the rest of the speech. But we love you. We love to be around you. We’ll be there, so I’m happy Coach [Sitake] introduced us, so you don’t think we’re strangers wandering around. But thank you for everything you do, and thank you also to your great coaching staff. “


BYU opens the 2021 football season on Saturday, September 4 against the Arizona Wildcats. The game will take place in Las Vegas at Allegiant Stadium, home of the NFL Las Vegas Raiders. BYU and Arizona will begin at 8:30 p.m. (MT) on ESPN and KSL NewsRadio.

Mitch Harper is a BYU insider for and host of the Cougar Tracks podcast (SUBSCRIBE) and Cougar Sports Saturday (Saturday 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.) on KSL Newsradio. Follow him on Twitter: @Mitch_Harper.

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