(R-L) Rick Patterson, Jerry Garns, Ty Detmer, Steven Lindberg and Richard Wirthlin
The Santa Clarita Valley got a visit from a college football legend over the weekend. Ty Detmer, who won the Heisman Trophy while attending Brigham Young University, stopped by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Canyon Country on Sunday night to give a presentation about being a positive influence and making a difference.
Detmer gave two speeches, the first of which was open to the public and the second one for church members. Ty talked about everything from the adversity he faced in high school to being recognized as the best player in college football, and shared some experiences from the NFL, where he spent 14 seasons as a quarterback. College of the Canyons football head coach Garrett Tujague presented Detmer, and Ty even took a few shots at his former BYU teammate, making fun of Tujague’s stamina and ability to block for Detmer.
Well over 300 people attended the two ceremonies, packing the church and leaving several people standing in the back while Ty talked and answered questions.
Ty Detmer spent five years at Brigham Young University, playing for legendary head coach LaVell Edwards. Detmer won the Heisman Memorial Trophy, presented annually to the top player in the nation, following his junior year in 1990. Detmer was also a two-time All American, being honored after his 1991 senior season as well. Detmer broke 59 records while in college. Ty was drafted by the Green Bay Packers in the ninth round of the 1992 NFL draft. He would go on to start for the Philadelphia Eagles, and would also play in San Francisco, Atlanta, Cleveland and Detroit. His brother, Koy, also played in the NFL as a quarterback for 11 seasons. Ty currently resides in his home state of Texas, where he assists professional athletes with their finances.